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Back to School Doesn’t Have to Mean Back to Stigma

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Lisa Prather

Campaign Manager for the National Council for Behavioral Health

It was late one weekday. I had just gotten up from one of my long naps that characterized countless vain attempts to sleep away depressive thoughts. I got out of bed and took several steps to the door. Instantly, thoughts flooded my mind and the image of that kid at school who didn’t return my […]

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Harm Reduction is About Hope and Saving People’s Lives

June 13, 2019 | Treatment | Comments
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Vitka Eisen, MSW, Ed.D.

President and CEO HealthRIGHT 360, Board Member, National Council for Behavioral Health

More than 30 years ago, long past the realization that it was time for me to stop injecting heroin, I turned to the warm, welcoming staff at San Francisco’s Haight Asbury Free Clinics. They had already seen me through multiple unsuccessful attempts, yet I felt no judgment, heard no dogma and wasn’t ever threatened with […]

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Americares Expands Access to Medication

October 30, 2017 | Treatment | Comments
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Katiri Zuluaga

Manager, State Initiatives

Improving access to medications that treat mental illness can save money and improve outcomes. In 2012, 60 percent of uninsured Americans with a chronic condition skipped medication due to cost. Thirty-seven percent of Medicare enrollees were concerned about drug costs and 20 percent delayed filling prescriptions or skipped doses to save money. Nonadherence to psychotropic […]

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Pharmacists are Untapped Resource in Treatment of Mental Illness

October 16, 2017 | Treatment | Comments

Chuck Ingoglia

Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Practice Improvement

“The best medication at the best dose can never be effective if the patient does not take it.” According to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, less than half the patients prescribed medication to be taken for an extended period of time to treat persistent mental health problems like schizophrenia and […]

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Reversing the Criminalization of Mental Illness

November 18, 2016 | Addictions | Treatment | Comments
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Lauren Moyer and Judge Joseph Locascio

Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center

In November 2013, Kansas City, Missouri’s first responders, mental health providers, municipal court and mayor’s office decided that enough was enough. Our community knew that the number of arrested and jailed individuals with mental illness was unacceptable, and any solution required cross-systems collaboration between local government, criminal justice and mental health. To address the problem, […]

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Advancing Addiction Treatment for Youth: Q and A with Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. Marc Fishman

November 15, 2016 | Addictions | Treatment | Comments
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National Council Staff

Marc Fishman, MD, is an addiction psychiatrist and a member of National Council’s Medical Director Institute. He is the Medical Director of Maryland Treatment Centers, a regional behavioral healthcare provider, which offers programs for residential and outpatient treatment of drug-involved and dual-diagnosis adolescents and adults and a faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry and […]

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Supporting Our Students in Recovery

September 6, 2016 | Addictions | Lived Experience | Treatment | Comments
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Kristen Harper

Executive Director, Association of Recovery Schools

As I sit here in the Charlotte, North Carolina airport, waiting to board my last flight to Charleston, South Carolina, I cannot help but be reminded of what it was like to be an 18-year-old with a substance use disorder (SUD) headed to her first semester as an undergrad. I began using drugs and alcohol […]

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The Story of Two Mothers

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Becky Vaughn

Vice President, Addictions, National Council for Behavioral Health

This post is adapted from comments shared at the Atlantic Summit on Mental Health and Addiction held on April 12 in Washington, DC. View a full summary of the event, including video of the event, here. I want to tell you the story of two mothers. Susan has a 13 year old son.  She started noticing […]

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Addressing Alcohol Use in Health Care

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Karel Homrig

Executive Director, Prevention First

Alcohol is the most widely used and abused substance in the United States. We are used to having wine at the dinner table, toasting special occasions with champagne, relaxing with a beer and bringing out the hard liquor for parties. Many people are able to consume alcohol in ways that pose little risk to themselves […]

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Community-Based Alternatives to a System’s Acute Care Needs

April 11, 2016 | Crisis Services | Innovation | Treatment | Comments
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Steve Fields Executive Director, Progress Foundation; Betty Dahlquist Executive Director, California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

This article appears in the Crisis to Recovery issue of the National Council Magazine.   Current efforts to reform mental health care in the United States revolve around a perceived lack of inpatient psychiatric beds to assist those experiencing a mental health crisis. The solution is to develop community-based diversion strategies, including outpatient crisis stabilization centers […]

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