Synchronicity and Health Reform
Next week, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing will host its 2014 Annual Conference, which will be peppered with talk about behavioral health centers of excellence (BHCOE) and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. During the conference we will introduce an added dimension to BHCOEs – Integrated Behavioral Health Teams (IBHTs). Well, actually, I’m introducing the […]
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BHCOE’s – What’s next?
Last year the Stanford Social Innovation Review published a great piece, The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy. The authors provide a brief history of strategic planning (2,000 years on the battle field; post-World War II in business), followed by two important points: “The world has become a more turbulent place, where anyone with […]
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Show Me the Money
In early February, we posted, “Show Me the Outcomes.” I have to come clean and tell you, that’s not enough. You need to show me the money. Showing us the outcomes is only one-third of the job before us. Let me explain. Everyone has heard the phrase, “we have to move from paying for volume, […]
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Dr. Delaney Ruston: A physician and filmmaker’s journey to expose global mental health
What do Bill Gates, Bill Clinton and Bono have in common? They are deeply committed to global health…but who is committed to global mental health? That question led me to make the film Hidden Pictures, which screens at this year’s National Council Conference ‘14. Let me step back and say how I ended up making […]
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You’re Asking Too Much of Me!
I hear two types of editorial comments about this center of excellence crowdsourcing project: “This is really great stuff. The ideas are relevant and timely and we’re on it.” “You’re asking too much of me! I’m already flooded with a 1,000 things that have to be done yesterday.” Both comments are part of the existential […]
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Patrick Kennedy speaks on the “Politics of Psychiatry and Mental Health Care”
This article reposted and written by Conference ’14 speaker, Patrick Kennedy & Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D. on Psychiatry Online. Winston Churchill said, “Politics is not a game; it is an earnest business,” and finally we are getting serious about the politics of mental health care. After decades if not centuries of neglect, the bonafide health care disparity is receiving an […]
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Joel Dvoskin gives “insights into defusing violence, resolving crises”
This article was written by Dennis Grantham, Editor-in-Chief of Behavioral Healthcare featuring Conference ’14 speaker, Joel Dvoskin. In an address to policymakers and law-enforcement personnel at the Crisis Intervention Team International Conference, forensic and clinical psychologist Joel Dvoskin, PhD, ABPP suggested that in order for society to deal effectively with a threat of violence, society must […]
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Am I Killing My Patients?
Burned into my brain are vivid memories of standing in the back of the room of the first large group presentation of the report, Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness. (Memory jogger: “People with serious mental illness served by our public mental health systems die, on average, 25 years earlier than the […]
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Dying of a Heroin Overdose Does Not Make You a Scumbag
This article was reposted from the Huffington Post and written by A. Thomas McLellan, one of our Conference ’14 speakers! In the wake of the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, I am shocked by the vast range of opinions and emotions that have been voiced in the public discourse. Media outlets of all shapes and […]
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Changing the Conversation to Addiction Recovery Solutions
Conference ’14 Film Festival features documentary on addictions recovery and the film’s impact on addiction recovery solutions. Taking its place alongside Mariel Hemingway’s Running From Crazy and Hidden Pictures, by award-winning filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston, The Anonymous People joins the prestigious 2014 National Council Film Festival lineup during the National Council Conference. This feature documentary […]
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