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Waiting to be asked: Trauma-informed care

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Cheryl Sharp, MSW, ALWF

Senior Advisor, Trauma-informed Services, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Waiting to Be Asked: A Population Crying Out for Trauma-informed Care Interview with David Johnson, CEO, Navos; Megan Kelly, Vice President, Trauma Informed Services, Navos; Cheryl Sharp, Senior Advisor, Trauma-informed Services, National Council for Mental Wellbeing This article was originally published in National Council Magazine Trauma is pervasive in our society. In the U.S., 61 […]

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Strengthening Personal and Community Resilience to Mitigate the Impact of Disaster Trauma

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Linda Ligenza, LCSW

Clinical Services Director, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Who comes to mind when you think of someone who has suffered from a traumatic event? If you ask most people, they are likely to say a member of the Armed Forces. But, the impact of trauma goes far beyond the men and women in uniform. In fact, some estimates suggest that up to 70 […]

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Implementing Help Now, a Case Study

Tyler Booth

Chief Operating Officer, InterCommunity, Inc.

Tyler Booth, Chief Operating Officer, InterCommunity, Inc. This article was originally published in National Council Magazine InterCommunity is a private, non-profit, behavioral health center located in an impoverished urban community. We serve an indigent population with severe and persistent mental illness. As of 2011, despite our best efforts, patients had significant delays in accessing care […]

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7 Tips for Beating the Holiday Blues

December 22, 2014 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Betsy Schwartz

Vice President, Public Education and Special Initiatives

I recently arrived at Union Station greeted by Santa ringing a bell and shouting, “Merry Christmas. Everybody smile…remember it will be over in 2 weeks!” ‘Tis the season…do you feel extra pressure to be filled with joy? While this is a time of year for remembering the special moments of the past year and sharing gratitude […]

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Motivational Interviewing

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Pam Pietruszewski

Integrated Health Consultant

Think about the last time you faced major change, whether in your personal life or at work. Was your path of change easy to navigate? Or, did it feel like the road less traveled, winding and complicated? Change can be hard, and when you are faced with challenges it can be even harder to stay […]

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Stemming the Flow of Persons with Mental Illness into the Justice System

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Judge Steven Leifman

Chair, Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Cour t, Supreme Cour t of Florida and A ssociate Administrative Judge, County Cour t, Criminal Division, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Judge Steven Leifman, Chair, Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court, Supreme Court of Florida and Associate Administrative Judge, County Court, Criminal Division, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida; Tim Coffey, Coordinator, 11th Judicial Circuit, Criminal Mental Health Project The Parable of the River One day, two villagers were walking along […]

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Are There Reasons Behind Bad Behavior?

December 11, 2014 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Cheryl Sharp

Senior Advisor for Trauma-Informed Services

Trauma is not an excuse for behavior, but it can be a reason for it.  Mike Tyson’s recent declaration that he was sexually abused as a child suggests that his early experiences might have contributed to a life defined by rage and violence. Tyson spoke of his experience during an awkward interview on Opie Radio, […]

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Beyond the Bedside: Nurses In Integrated Care

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Joan King

Senior Integrated Health Consultant, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

This article originally appeared in National Council Magazine.  As integrated care continues to advance, questions around workforce are a cause for much discussion and concern. These questions include supply, competencies, workforce makeup, scope of practice questions, and changing roles for all professional disciplines in these settings. As a nurse and integrated health consultant, I often […]

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The Breakfast Club: A Healthy Start to Community Coalitions

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Heather Cobb

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

This article originally appeared in the National Council Magazine.  An interview with Jeffrey Brenner, MacArthur Fellow and Executive Director, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers is a nonprofit formed to improve the quality, capacity, and accessibility of the healthcare system for vulnerable populations in the city of Camden, New Jersey. […]

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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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