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What’s the Next Innovation in Mental Health?

September 21, 2017 | Innovation | Comments

Rashida Asante-Eccleston

Communications Associate

Most people with mental illness or substance use disorders do not receive treatment. How will we respond? How can we meet the challenges we face in a volatile health care environment? What does the future hold for mental health? These questions were the foundation of Tackling Mental Health Through Innovation, a series of panels and […]

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A landscape with depressions, steep hills, and gaps

September 18, 2017 | Veterans | Comments

Dr. Anthony Hassan

CEO, Cohen Veterans Network

This post first ran on the Cohen Veterans Network and can be accessed here. On September 27 and 28, the second annual Cohen Veterans Care Summit will be taking place at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. The Cohen Veterans Network is pleased to be a co-host and leader of numerous sessions this year at […]

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CMMI: Look to CCBHCS – They are a Building Block

Chuck Ingoglia

Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Practice Improvement

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is interested in developing and deploying an alternative payment model for people living with behavioral health conditions. To do this, they convened the Behavioral Health Payment and Care Delivery Innovation Summit. It is encouraging to see CMMI’s attention on this important issue. A model already exists that, […]

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Resilience: Paving the Road to Recovery

Sarah Flinspach and Tracy Gnadinger

Recovery can mean many different things for many different people. At the National Council for Behavioral Health, we believe that recovery encompasses so much more than a 12-step program; it’s an everyday commitment to health. “Recovery must be the expectation – not the exception – for every individual who experiences active addiction,” wrote Tom Hill, […]

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Legalized Cannabis 2.0: Learning from Experience in Denver

September 7, 2017 | Uncategorized | Comments

Drew Lovejoy

Communications Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

Four hundred behavioral and physical health providers, state officials and public health scientists gathered in Denver last week for the first annual National Cannabis Summit. Hosted by the National Council, Advocates for Human Potential and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, the summit took a unique view of cannabis legalization: what are the health benefits […]

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Raising the Curtain on Recovery

June 29, 2017 | Addictions | LGBTQ | Lived Experience | Comments

Tom Hill

Vice President, Addictions and Recovery

The most important thing to know about me is that I am a person in long-term recovery from addiction. That means that this month – June 2017 – I celebrate 25 continuous years without mind-altering substances. But my life in recovery has meant so much more than not using substances. It’s meant being comfortable in […]

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Shall We Dance? Find Your Rhythm with Motivational Interviewing

Dana Lange

Project Coordinator, National Council for Behavioral Health

The question may seem simple: what motivates you to get out of bed each day? For many, the answer comes easily – whether it be family and friends, career or education, or simply just a good ol’ cup of hot coffee. For some – often those managing mental illness or addiction – the answer isn’t […]

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How CFOs Can Conquer Their Compliance Issues

May 18, 2017 | Compliance | Workforce | Comments

James Clark


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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Marijuana Legalization is a Process and We Haven’t Reached the Midway Point

May 12, 2017 | Uncategorized | Comments

Jonathan Caulkins, PhD

H. Guyford Stever University Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College

  On August 28, 2017, the National Council for Behavioral Health, Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) and the ATTC Network are partnering to host the  2017 National Cannabis Summit in Denver: An objective national forum for changing public policy, public health, treatment and research. In today’s blog post, drug policy researcher and National Cannabis Summit plenary speaker […]

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Have the Conversation: Raising Awareness about HIV in Behavioral Health Settings

Kristin Potterbusch, MPH

Director of HIV and Behavioral Health Integration, National Council for Behavioral Health

It’s 4:30 on Thursday afternoon. Your client, a young man who struggles with depression is here for his standing monthly appointment and starts telling you about last Friday night. He talks about how much fun he had, hooking up with a stranger at a bar while intoxicated. From what he is saying, it sounds like […]

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