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National Council Issues Template Comments on Medication-Assisted Treatment Rule

October 13, 2016 | Uncategorized | Comments

Justin Franks

Communications Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

New proposed rules from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) aim to increase access to opioid use disorder treatment while reducing the opportunity for medication diversion. SAMHSA included within the proposed rule specific questions for stakeholders from the field to answer about the potential impact of certain regulatory changes like the prescriber […]

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Strengthening Communication and Collaboration: The Travis County Health Justice Learning Collaborative

Hannah Huntt

Manager, Communications Projects at National Council for Behavioral Health

Danny Smith, Director of Mental Health and Inmate Programs in the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, and Sherry Blyth, Director of Crisis Services at Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC), have known each other for over ten years. However, despite their long-standing ties and the significant overlap in the populations their organizations serve, their professional relationship […]

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Big Payoff for Oklahoma’s Statewide Commitment to Case to Care Management

February 19, 2016 | Uncategorized | Comments

Hannah Huntt

Manager of Communications Projects, National Council for Behavioral Health

In terms of prevalence rates for mental illness, Oklahoma consistently ranks among the highest in the nation.  Unfortunately, the state also invests less in treatment than most others.  Therefore, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) has transformed its system to focus on strategies that maximize efficiency and effectiveness.  Integrated care […]

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What is Community Behavioral Health’s Role in the Opioid Epidemic?

September 30, 2015 | Uncategorized | Comments

Jake Bowling

Director, Practice Improvement

Today in the United States, nearly 2 million people struggle with opioid use or dependence. About 2,500 adolescents will take OxyContin or another prescription pain reliever for the first time. People using prescription drugs will learn that heroin is cheaper and make the switch. Also today, 46 people will die by prescription opioid overdose. Addiction […]

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Additional Insured Endorsements: Beware of Hidden Costs

September 29, 2015 | Uncategorized | Workforce | Comments

Nicholas L. Bozzo

President, Mental Health Risk and Retention Group

Adding an Additional Insured Endorsement to your insurance policy seems simple, but it is more complicated than you may think. This endorsement is intended to provide protection to a third party from liability you cause them as a result of your negligence. It is not intended to protect third parties from liabilities caused by them, […]

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Guns, media and suicide: what providers need to know.

August 17, 2015 | Uncategorized | Comments

Dr. Jane Pearson, National Institute of Mental Health, Cathy Barber, MPA, Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Dan Reidenberg, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, Colleen Carr, MPH, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Suicidal behavior is complex. Understanding factors like access to lethal means and the media’s potential influence on suicidal behavior is important when it comes to identifying suicide risk and intervening outside of health care settings. Why means matter Gun owners are no more likely to have experienced a mental health problem, thought about suicide or […]

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What Is in Your Treatment Toolbox? Clinical Interventions to Prevent Suicidal Behavior

May 8, 2015 | Uncategorized | Comments

Dr. Jane Pearson and Dr. Joel Sherrill, National Institute of Mental Health, Colleen Carr, MPH, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Community behavioral health providers are expected to know how to treat suicidal patients. As so often is the case, though, the practice demands are ahead of the research. New studies are testing the best ways to treat and prevent suicidal behavior, but how do you treat these behaviors without a full toolbox? Medication Interventions Many […]

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Raising Up a Culturally Conscious Voice: Behavioral Health Training for Community Health Workers

March 26, 2015 | Uncategorized | Comments

Joan Kenerson King, APRN-BC

Senior Integration Consultant, The National Council for Behavioral Health

Every day we are confronted with the increasing cultural diversity of the people we serve and the need to manage not only behavioral health issues, but physical health issues as well. Training behavioral health providers to think about whole health and wellness approaches is important, but an additional step many providers are taking is expanding […]

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The Four Factors that Lead to (and Protect Against) Suicide

March 9, 2015 | Uncategorized | Comments

Dr. Jane Pearson, National Institute of Mental Health; Dr. Elizabeth Ballard, National Institute of Mental Health; and Colleen Carr, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

The ultimate answer to “Why do people become suicidal?” is complex, and as depicted in the figure below, research has focused on several long- and short-term risk factors that interact to place an individual at increased suicide risk. 1. Social Determinants Healthy connectedness with family members, neighborhoods, cultural groups and society can serve as a […]

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Submit Your Session Ideas for National Council Conference

November 19, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Heather Cobb

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

The National Council Conference is looking for cutting-edge session ideas. Share your input to create a conference experience that engages, challenges, and educates behavioral health leaders.

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