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Why it is Critical to Preserve California’s County-Operated Mental Health Carve Out of Specialty Mental Health Services

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Bruce Saltzer

Executive Director, Association of Community Human Service Agencies

In anticipation of the need for California to renew its 1915(b) Freedom of Choice waiver, which sanctions the State’s carved out specialty mental health managed care program, the Association of Community Human Service Agencies recently developed a paper to articulate the critical reasons why the State’s county operated mental health carve out for this specialty […]

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Bringing Trauma-informed Care to Scale

November 20, 2014 | Trauma | Comments
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Cheryl Sharp

Senior Advisor for Trauma-Informed Services

“Trauma-informed care is a hot issue these days. Everybody is talking about it… but not everyone knows exactly what it is or exactly what it takes to do it well. So that’s why we’re here.” With those words, Carmela DeCandia, Director of the National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institutes of Research, kicked […]

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CROSS TRAINING? NO SWEAT.

November 10, 2014 | Mental Health First Aid | Comments

Alicia Aebersold

Senior VP, Communications & Strategic Development

I went to the gym last week for the first time in a while. I checked in, got a towel and was headed to the studio for a class when I saw it was closed. Instead, there were 15 gym employees sitting in a semicircle listening to an instructor. CPR dummies were lined up on […]

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Behavioral Health Center of Excellence: How to Go All In

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Adam Swanson

Policy Associate

Taking the steps necessary to become a behavioral health center of excellence does not come with a certificate or accreditation – it is simply a model of excellence that improves the care we provide to individuals with behavioral health conditions, and prepares organizations to take advantage of opportunities ahead.  The National Council recently sat down […]

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Becoming a Center of Excellence: A Member’s Story

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Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Jeff Rothenberg, CEO of a Vermont psychiatric hospital, discusses his experience becoming a behavioral health center of excellence.

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#YouMatter

September 10, 2014 | Suicide | Comments
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Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

As summer ends and as we observe National Suicide Prevention Week, the University of Southern California School of Social Work launched You Matter, an early intervention campaign designed to foster well-being and bring back some much-needed human connection.

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The Power of 1: One click, one call, one text — one life.

September 4, 2014 | Suicide | Veterans | Comments
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Jeannie Campbell

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Every year, our country recognizes September as Suicide Prevention Month. This year, the Veterans Crisis Line asks you to think about the power of one and consider the many ways a single act can give veterans access to confidential support and resources.

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Diversity: It Has to Start Somewhere

August 14, 2014 | Diversity | Workforce | Comments
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Mohini Venkatesh

, National Council for Behavioral Health

We’ve all heard it before: A diverse workforce is key to providing quality services to a diverse population. More specifically, promoting staff from diverse backgrounds into leadership positions is a must to ensure organizational decisions are made in an inclusive way.

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What’s Behind a Remarkable Crisis Services Program?

Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

In March, a desperate young mother called the Behavioral Health Response (BHR) crisis line in eastern Missouri. The five-year-old boy she and her family were adopting was acting aggressively and couldn’t be calmed. Right away, BHR sent a mobile crisis team to the family’s home. They made an appointment for the boy and his mother […]

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Creating Safe Harbors for People with Mental Illness

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Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Everyone has a unique road to recovery and Award of Excellence honoree Clarence Jordan is passionate about helping people discover that road by giving them fishing poles, not fish.

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