So Far, So Good … Addictions Get Their Due
February 2016 has been a good month. A good month for advocates, organizations that provide treatment and services, and most importantly, a good month for people with addictive disorders. Our struggles and the struggles of people in recovery are producing results. The White House asked for an additional $1.1 billion to fight opioid addiction. The […]
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Join me in celebrating the ADA’s silver anniversary
July 26 marks the silver anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. That day, 25 years ago, we as a nation said “no more” to discrimination against people with disabilities. One of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation, the ADA took no less than four years to pass. Iowa’s Senator Tom Harkin authored […]
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An Incredible Icon, An Incredible Loss
We lost an incredible icon yesterday. A man, a comic, a dramatic, Robin Williams brought us such joy and laughter, but in the end, found himself alone in the darkness of depression. If there’s any lesson to be learned in this tragic loss, it is that suicide is an equal opportunity killer. Depression, mental illness and addiction can happen to anyone, anywhere.
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How is a McDonalds different from a Bill Introduced in Congress?
HOW IS A MCDONALDS DIFFERENT FROM A BILL INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS? Less different than you might expect. There are 14,127 McDonalds in the U.S. — and about that many bills introduced during each two-year session of Congress. Our nation’s 14,000 McDonalds are extremely efficient at their job, dishing out more than 75 hamburgers worldwide per second. Congress, on the other hand, passed only 65 bills in 2013. One was the Excellence in Mental Health Act.
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Assisted Outpatient Treatment : We Can Do Better
Practitioners, advocates, families, and individuals with mental illnesses: We all care very deeply about helping people. We dedicate our time to trying to figure out how to help people with mental illnesses to live well. This deep concern can sometimes lead to a clash in perspectives, most prominently in discussion of assisted outpatient treatment. Last […]
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Torn between two causes?
When I was pregnant with my now adult twin sons, I had a reoccurring nightmare. I was standing between two cribs each with a crying baby unable to decide which son to go to. I’ve heard similar fears expressed about an association’s ability to advocate for more than one cause, one disease state, one group of people struggling or in recovery. Most recently such fears were voiced when we announced a strategic alliance of the State Associations for Addiction Services, the Legal Action Center, and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.
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Is mental health stigma overrated?
Is mental health stigma overrated? Is it time to rethink anti-stigma campaigns that are based on the belief that stigma stops people from accessing services?
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Living with Mental Illness or Addiction
The Other Side ― an award-winning 5-minute film marking the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act passed by President Kennedy ― portrays what it’s like to live in the grip of mental illnesses and addictions and how treatments and supports provided in the community make recovery possible.
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White House Says Mental Health Matters
What a great day for mental health awareness in America. Was pleased to be a part of the White House National Conference on Mental Health on June 3, 2013 hosted by the President Obama and Vice President Biden. A much-needed PR event that launched a national public engagement campaign around mental health. From Hollywood to Washington, there was a rallying cry to keep the conversation about mental health going.
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Kittens Usher in National Council Name Change
Kittens have notoriously short attention spans. They chase the most exciting thing around. To entice them, you must get right to the point. So, what was the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare to do?
Shorten our name, of course.
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