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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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A Call to Action for Presidential Candidates on the Addictions Crisis

February 1, 2016 | Addictions | Leadership | Treatment | Comments
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Becky Vaughn

Vice President of Addictions

Americans are dying from addictions at alarming rates. The 2016 Presidential candidates have begun to talk about addressing addictions, but what are the specific policies and priorities they can put forth or support that will actually turn the corner on our nation’s addiction crisis? Here are the problems we face and the proposed solutions we […]

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It’s time to talk about tobacco use

January 25, 2016 | Population Health | Treatment | Comments
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Shelina D. Foderingham

Director of Practice Improvement

If you don’t already know, people with mental illnesses and addictions are more likely to smoke than the general population. And, of the 480,000 tobacco-related deaths each year, nearly half are among people living with these disorders. This very real problem that affects the people you treat, contributes to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other […]

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Can We Prevent Disability from Serious Mental Illnesses?

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Adam Swanson

Senior Policy Associate

Recently published clinical outcomes from the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode raises the question: can we prevent disability from serious mental illnesses?

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Passion and Sensitivity: The Cornerstones of Responding to Trauma in the LGBT Community

December 3, 2015 | Diversity | Integration | Trauma | Treatment | Comments
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Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Back in 1978 Chase Brexton Health Care was a small volunteer operation serving gay men affected by the just emerging AIDS epidemic. Now, it’s a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides integrated health care to all Baltimore’s underserved populations — and their working hard to provide trauma-informed care to all, including the LGBT community.

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Does your organization use text messaging?

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Hannah Coen

Communications Associate, NCBH

Text messaging is a fast, relatively inexpensive way to engage under-served populations and to connect patients with 24/7 access to health tips and treatment options. It can change the ways clinicians deliver health care by acting as a care extender and creating a better picture of the population you care for. Yet, it is underused. […]

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