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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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CCBHCs are Reviving the Safety-net

Rebecca Farley David

Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

“We hear stories of people in tears when they realize they can get help.” – CCBHC survey respondent Three years ago, we celebrated the passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act demonstration, designed to expand Americans’ access to community-based addiction and mental health services. We hoped the initiative would provide sustainable footing to combat […]

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Addressing America’s Number One Killer Starts Today

November 14, 2017 | Addictions | Comments

Tom Hill

Vice President, Addiction & Recovery

As we mark the 40th anniversary of the first nationwide Great American Smokeout this Thursday, November 16, we cannot forget that tobacco is the number one cause of preventable deaths in the United States and around the world. The statistics are startling: Cigarette smoking kills nearly half a million Americans each year ­– more than […]

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It’s Our Duty to Honor Veterans

November 9, 2017 | Veterans | Comments

Jeannie Campbell

Executive Vice President, National Council for Behavioral Health

This week Americans are saying to our nation’s veterans, “Thank you for your service.” Families are placing flags on the graves of the fallen. Businesses are offering free car washes, haircuts and admission to parks and museums to active duty military, veterans and their families. But as a Navy veteran and mental health and addictions […]

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NatCon18 Call for Presentations: Make Your Voice Heard!

November 6, 2017 | Conference Speakers | Comments

Jeannie Campbell

Executive Vice President, National Council for Behavioral Health

Opportunities multiply as they are seized. Sun Tzu Dear Colleagues and Friends: This year, we’ve been so busy seizing opportunities to ensure that health care is a right, not a privilege, we haven’t had a moment to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished. We’ve won numerous battles in a war that is far from over. […]

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Using Trauma-Informed Care to Address Homelessness

November 1, 2017 | Homelessness and Housing | Trauma | Comments

Rashida Asante-Eccleston

Communication Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

Denver is experiencing a crisis of homelessness. The homeless population in Colorado spiked 8 percent since 2013 and is estimated to be more than 3,300 people in Denver. As others debate the causes, the Mental Health Center of Denver is responding with a solution – a promising new approach – an apartment complex that integrates […]

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Americares Expands Access to Medication

October 30, 2017 | Treatment | Comments

Katiri Zuluaga

Manager, State Initiatives

Improving access to medications that treat mental illness can save money and improve outcomes. In 2012, 60 percent of uninsured Americans with a chronic condition skipped medication due to cost. Thirty-seven percent of Medicare enrollees were concerned about drug costs and 20 percent delayed filling prescriptions or skipped doses to save money. Nonadherence to psychotropic […]

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