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Climate Change: What Does it Mean for the Mental Health System?

August 31, 2020 | Population Health | Comments
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Gary Belkin, M.D., Ph.D.

We increasingly see the impact of climate change up close – in accelerating and record-breaking coastal flooding, heat waves, wildfires, droughts and widespread species loss. Such far-reaching and mind-boggling threats are getting increasing attention for their social and emotional ramifications.

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The Power of School-Behavioral Health Partnerships

August 19, 2020 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Pamela Black

External consultant of the trauma-sensitive schools initiative for the National Council for Behavioral Health

In many ways, COVID-19 has forced us to adjust our approach to how we live our lives, go to work and teach our children. While its essential that all students with behavioral health needs receive high-quality care and education, it can get complicated within the scope of an enduring pandemic.

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Trauma-informed, Recovery-oriented Systems of Care: Transforming Care One County at a Time

August 10, 2020 | Addiction Treatment | Comments
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Aaron M. Williams, MA, and Sarah Flinspach

Senior Director, Training and TA for Substance Use, and Project Manager, Trauma Practice Area

To improve substance use disorder services and supports and create a more unified and cohesive system of behavioral health care, gaps between services must be eliminated and service provision must be responsive to a clients’ unique needs and experiences of trauma.

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Managed Care Contracting: When Good Intention and Reality Collide

August 6, 2020 | Population Health | Comments
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Joe Parks, MD, and Shannon Mace, JD, MPH

Vice President of Practice Improvement and Senior Practice Improvement Advisor, respectively, for the National Council for Behavioral Health

To better understand the impact Medicaid managed care reforms have had on providers, the National Council for Behavioral Health contracted with independent consultants to conduct an analysis of providers’ and other stakeholders’ experiences.

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Language and Stigma

July 20, 2020 | Addiction Treatment | Comments
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Tom Hill

Senior Advisor, Practice Improvement & Consulting

The Society of Behavioral Medicine’s calling for change in the naming of our federal institutions serving addiction shows how much power language has in contributing to or reducing stigma.

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Trauma, Race and the Perils of COVID-19: A Call to Foster Community Resilience

July 13, 2020 | Community Impact | Comments
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Sarah Flinspach

Project Manager, Trauma Practice Area

Across the country, organizers and protesters are demonstrating a critical component to healing and wellness – community resilience-building.

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Ignoring Behavioral Health Care Needs Harms Patients and Communities

June 25, 2020 | From the CEO | Comments
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Charles Ingoglia, MSW

President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health

Even though mental illness and substance use disorders are less visible than many physical illnesses, they are no less painful and no less serious. They simply are unseen.

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Recognizing Advocacy All-Stars during Hill Day at Home

June 17, 2020 | Education and Events | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

As COVID-19 continues to impact communities across the country, individuals and organizations behind the scenes are stepping up for people with mental health and addiction treatment needs – from frontline workers and appointed officials, to behavioral health care leadership.

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Pride and Recovery as Acts of Resistance

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Tom Hill

Senior Advisor for Practice Improvement, The National Council for Behavioral Health

Every June, LGBTQ+ communities all over the globe plan marches, rallies and events to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in Greenwich Village, New York City, in 1969. Stonewall was by no means the first act of queer resistance, but it remains a watershed event in the evolution of the LGBTQ+ social and political […]

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Time to Give Alcohol Issues the Attention They Deserve

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Tom Hill

Senior Advisor of Practice Improvement

When we all headed home in March under COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, we could feel a collective sense of fear and apprehension about the unknown: How would we manage and for how long? We knew that, despite the wonders of technology to help us stay connected with one another, a sense of isolation could stir feelings […]

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