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Coping in a Crisis: On the Frontlines with the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc.

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William Glanz

Senior Writer

Marvin Gorsky, LCSW, senior director with the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc. in Montclair, New Jersey, consults with colleagues using his laptop. Editor’s Note: The coronavirus outbreak has led practitioners to rethink behavioral health care treatment and the delivery of service. In this series, we will address the questions and concerns raised […]

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Membership Spotlight on Heather Jefferis: Obstacles and Opportunities in the Hiring Process

July 25, 2019 | Workforce | Comments
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Heather Jefferis

Executive Director of the Oregon Council For Behavioral Health

In this Membership Spotlight, Heather Jefferis, a National Council board member and executive director of the Oregon Council For Behavioral Health, opens up about the workforce development issues in her state and shares best practices for getting more out of the recruitment process. What challenges have you encountered hiring qualified staff in the behavioral health […]

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From Trauma to Resilience: One Doctor’s Journey to Transform Trauma-Informed Care

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Rashida Asante-Eccleston

Communications Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

Trauma – an event, series of events or set of circumstances, such as neglect and abuse, that is experienced by an individual as harmful or life-threatening – is a nearly universal experience. The landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, revealed that experiences of […]

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Boosting the Behavioral Health Care Workforce

January 29, 2019 | Workforce | Comments
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Nicholas Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Cuts in funding, stagnant reimbursement rates and regulations make it difficult for behavioral health care providers to sustain an adequate workforce and keep their doors open. As the demand for behavioral health services increases, so does the need to recruit and retain health care practitioners and staff. Here are four ways the National Council is […]

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From Rock Bottom to Recovery – CCBHCs Save Lives

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Nicholas Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Aaron Keller (left), with from Ozark Center staff. Aaron Keller had hit rock bottom. He started using methamphetamines when he was 13. After marrying at 18, he began selling drugs to support his habit. In a single year, Aaron was arrested more than 20 times. At 24, he was sent to prison for 26 months […]

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Leadership 101: Helping Behavioral Health Managers Lead Change

February 22, 2018 | Leadership | Quality Improvement | Workforce | Comments
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David Lloyd

Founder, MTM Services

Behavioral health care is changing rapidly and our leaders are rushing to catch up. Gone are the days when providers could perform a service, file a claim and get paid. Today’s funders are no longer paying for volume; they are paying for value. In many cases, this requires wholesale transformation of an agency’s administrative, billing […]

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A Roadmap for Success: Analyzing What It Takes to Get Your Organization in Gear

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Susan Milstrey Wells

National Council for Behavioral Health

The American health care system is rapidly evolving, and mental health and substance use treatment providers are struggling to catch up. Value-based payments, performance-based contracting, population health management ­– it’s enough to make your head spin. The destination is still the same – providing affordable, accessible, science-based treatment and services for mental illnesses and substance […]

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How CFOs Can Conquer Their Compliance Issues

May 18, 2017 | Compliance | Workforce | Comments
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James Clark

DATIS

This post originally appeared on the DATIS Blog. For nonprofit Health and Human Services organizations, resources are often limited. In order to provide their patients with quality care, it’s important that organizations remain financially stable and use their hard-earned funds wisely. However, the industry is full of complex regulations that continue to cause executives, especially CFOs, […]

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Everything’s Bigger in Texas, Including Lassoing Tobacco Use

January 18, 2017 | Addictions | Workforce | Comments
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National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control

American adults with mental illnesses smoked about a third of the 264 billion cigarettes sold in 2015, according to a recent report. For Texas’ behavioral health treatment organizations, this was a rally cry. To move the needle, the state created Taking Texas Tobacco Free (TTTF) to help local mental health authorities reverse this grim trend […]

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The CCBHC Heroes You Didn’t Even Know You Had

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Jeremy Atterman

Project Coordinator, National Council for Behavioral Health

Here’s a question every  soon-to-be Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) should be asking itself: “Who is going to lead as our organization adapts to new ways of doing business?” CCBHC implementation is an all-hands-on-deck moment for any organization. Your CEO’s vision will guide the way for growth and opportunity within your organization. Your board […]

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