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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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The Law that Can Save a Life

April 18, 2017 | Addictions | Comments

Gary Mendell

Founder and CEO of Shatterproof

Tens of thousands of our loved ones die every year because they are addicted to prescription opioid pain pills or heroin. In 1999, approximately 6,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose – this includes both prescription painkillers (such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet) and heroin. By 2015, that number exploded to over 33,000 – more […]

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CCBHCs: Are you ready to grow your peer services?

Sarah Flinspach

Project Assistant, National Council for Behavioral Health

It takes more than sunshine and water for a robust Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) peer services program to sprout. CCBHCs: Redefining Behavioral Health Care CCBHCs are a new provider type in Medicaid tasked with utilizing innovative and creative strategies to increase Americans’ access to behavioral health care services. Beginning in 2017, CCBHCs will […]

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The Happiness Advantage: Better Habits for Better Outcomes

April 5, 2017 | Uncategorized | Comments

Special NatCon17 Feature

Come hear Shawn Achor turn your understanding of happiness and success upside down. He’ll speak from 11:15 am – 12:15 pm in WSCC: 4AB.  Wednesday’s closing General Session at NatCon17 is not to be missed. Many of you remember that childhood song that begins, “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.”  Well, […]

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