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The Largest Health Disparity Gap in the Nation: What You Can Do to Close It

Sarah Linden, MPH

Project Coordinator, National Council for Behavioral Health

It’s a statistic you’ve probably seen before – people with serious mental illness die an average of 15 to 30 years younger than those without. This difference represents the largest health disparity in the U.S.; larger than gender, racial or socioeconomic differences. And unlike some of the other gaps that are slowly closing, it isn’t […]

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NatCon18: Wednesday

April 25, 2018 | NatCon18 | Comments

The National Council Team

Welcome to NatCon18.  Whether you’re here in person or following the conference at home or from work, we’re glad you’re here. Today is the last day of NatCon18 and the final special BH365 blog highlighting health care’s behavioral health conference. We’ll be adding new information about this event-filled closing day, so keep visiting us, either […]

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NatCon18: Tuesday

April 24, 2018 | NatCon18 | Comments

The National Council Team

Welcome to NatCon18.  Whether you’re here in person or following the conference at home or from work, we’re glad you’re here. During the next two days, BH365 will feature a special blog that highlights special sessions or events. We’ll be adding new information all day, so keep visiting us, either through this blog or NatCon Today. […]

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NatCon18: Monday

April 23, 2018 | NatCon18 | Comments

The National Council Team

Welcome to NatCon18.  Whether you’re here in person or following the conference at home or from work, we’re glad you’re here. During the next three days, BH365 will feature a special blog that highlights special sessions or events. We’ll be adding new information all day, so keep visiting us, either through this blog or NatCon […]

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NatCon18: Welcome

April 20, 2018 | NatCon18 | Comments

The National Council Team

Welcome to NatCon18. Whether you’re here in person or following the conference at home or from work, we’re glad you’re here. During the next four days, BH365 will feature a special blog that highlights special sessions or events. We’ll be adding new information all day, so keep visiting us, either through this blog or NatCon […]

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National Council’s Practice Transformation Academy: Creating a Building Block for Change

Michael Carrone

Director, Health Transformation, National Council for Behavioral Health

The health care landscape is changing with unprecedented speed and organizations of all sizes are feeling the pressure to make the complex switch to value-based care. The National Council’s Practice Transformation Academy has already helped 20 organizations that were proactively preparing to transition to population health, risk and quality management and from volume-based care to […]

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Start from the Beginning: SBIRT Comes to West Virginia

March 27, 2018 | Addictions | Population Health | SBIRT | Comments

Drew Lovejoy

Communications Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

January 14, 2018, marked a sea change opportunity for health providers in West Virginia. Under the newly granted Section 1115 Medicaid waiver, health care organizations can now provide Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services and receive payment from Medicaid. In West Virginia, 29 percent of residents are covered by Medicaid and with […]

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Leadership 101: Helping Behavioral Health Managers Lead Change

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

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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High-Tech, High-Touch, Integrated Care for Children

Jody Levison-Johnson

Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. – Neil Postman Childhood should be a time of innocence and security, of learning through play. Sadly, one in five children age 13 to 18 have or will have a mental illness, and suicide is the third leading cause of death […]

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

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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