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Managed Care Contracting: When Good Intention and Reality Collide

August 6, 2020 | Population Health | Comments
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Joe Parks, MD, and Shannon Mace, JD, MPH

Vice President of Practice Improvement and Senior Practice Improvement Advisor, respectively, for the National Council for Behavioral Health

To better understand the impact Medicaid managed care reforms have had on providers, the National Council for Behavioral Health contracted with independent consultants to conduct an analysis of providers’ and other stakeholders’ experiences.

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Language and Stigma

July 20, 2020 | Addiction Treatment | Comments
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Tom Hill

Senior Advisor, Practice Improvement & Consulting

The Society of Behavioral Medicine’s calling for change in the naming of our federal institutions serving addiction shows how much power language has in contributing to or reducing stigma.

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Trauma, Race and the Perils of COVID-19: A Call to Foster Community Resilience

July 13, 2020 | Community Impact | Comments
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Sarah Flinspach

Project Manager, Trauma Practice Area

Across the country, organizers and protesters are demonstrating a critical component to healing and wellness – community resilience-building.

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Ignoring Behavioral Health Care Needs Harms Patients and Communities

June 25, 2020 | From the CEO | Comments
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Charles Ingoglia, MSW

President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health

Even though mental illness and substance use disorders are less visible than many physical illnesses, they are no less painful and no less serious. They simply are unseen.

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Recognizing Advocacy All-Stars during Hill Day at Home

June 17, 2020 | Education and Events | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

As COVID-19 continues to impact communities across the country, individuals and organizations behind the scenes are stepping up for people with mental health and addiction treatment needs – from frontline workers and appointed officials, to behavioral health care leadership.

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Pride and Recovery as Acts of Resistance

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Tom Hill

Senior Advisor for Practice Improvement, The National Council for Behavioral Health

Every June, LGBTQ+ communities all over the globe plan marches, rallies and events to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in Greenwich Village, New York City, in 1969. Stonewall was by no means the first act of queer resistance, but it remains a watershed event in the evolution of the LGBTQ+ social and political […]

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Time to Give Alcohol Issues the Attention They Deserve

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Tom Hill

Senior Advisor of Practice Improvement

When we all headed home in March under COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, we could feel a collective sense of fear and apprehension about the unknown: How would we manage and for how long? We knew that, despite the wonders of technology to help us stay connected with one another, a sense of isolation could stir feelings […]

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Mental Health Management: COVID-19 Tips from a College Student

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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

For youth and young adults, navigating life can be challenging enough. Add a global pandemic to the mix, and well, things get wonky. In honor of Mental Health Month, I sat down with John Dellick (pictured right), a college student and member of the National Council’s CONNECTED, a youth mental health initiative, to talk about […]

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A New Normal: Understanding the Challenges of Children with IDD

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Gabe Abbondandolo

Practice Improvement Coordinator

According to the CDC, 13% of children under the age of 18 in the U.S. have a developmental disorder. Of this population, 30-50% have a co-occurring behavioral health diagnosis like depression or anxiety. In fact, when looking at the data for Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, Cerebral palsy, autism and some forms of epilepsy, the rate […]

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Innovating at Scale in Bernalillo County

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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

When it comes to advancing behavioral health care, innovation is a key ingredient. Just ask Bernalillo County’s Department of Behavioral Health Services, the newest recipient of our Innovation at Work Award through our Awards of Excellence program. In this spotlight, Margarita Chavez-Sanchez, director of the department, highlights the important role innovation plays in community growth. […]

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