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And Justice for All: What Works at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice

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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

I wish I had a penny for every time I’ve said, “We know what to do; now we just have to do it.” Nowhere is this truer than in the treatment of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system. “We have good science,” Fred Osher, M.D., told us. “We […]

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On the 10th Anniversary of MHPAEA, We Thank You

October 3, 2018 | Parity | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Today, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). We remember when too many doors were closed to those living with mental health and substance use challenges. When treatment was denied to those most in need. A time when the hope of recovery was dim for […]

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Helping Adolescents Thrive at Home, at School and in the Community

September 26, 2018 | Suicide and Addiction | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. – Neil Postman My friend and colleague, Harold Koplewicz, M.D., founding president of the Child Mind Institute, doesn’t mince words. “Mental disorders in children and teens are real, common and treatable, and it’s dangerous to ignore them,” he told me. We […]

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Making Health Care Suicide Safe: Join the Movement Today!

September 14, 2018 | Suicide and Addiction | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Care for suicidal people simply needs to be safer and it should feel like care. Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States and we are failing those who need our help. We’re not training health care practitioners in suicide risk and prevention and we’re not prioritizing suicide as a central focus […]

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Are You Ready to Answer the Call? Join the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Today!

September 5, 2018 | Suicide and Addiction | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Someone in this country dies by suicide every 12 minutes. But suicide deaths are not inevitable. For every person who dies by suicide, 278 individuals think seriously about suicide but do not die. During National Recovery Month, we must focus on keeping people alive so they can take their first steps on the road to […]

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Healing Health Care: Addressing Trauma in Primary Care

August 15, 2018 | Healthcare | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

The human spirit is indomitable, but there are times when trauma overwhelms a person’s ability to cope. Addressing trauma in an individual’s life isn’t a matter of the latest treatment fad – it can be a matter of life and death. It could have been for Jess, who was sneaking sips out of her parents’ […]

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Alcohol: Killer in a Bottle

August 13, 2018 | Addiction | Substance Use | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Alcohol is a killer hiding in plain sight. While we demonize the use of other drugs, we celebrate with alcohol. It’s part of our weddings and graduations, our birthday parties and bar mitzvahs. […]

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Starting the Conversation: Mental Health First Aid at Work

July 30, 2018 | Mental Health First Aid | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.. – Annie Dillard The iconic designer Kate Spade hid her depression and anxiety behind her bright smile and colorful, eponymous brand. That made her death by suicide earlier this year even more difficult for her family, friends, coworkers and legions of loyal […]

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Engaging People in Care to Make Treatment “The Path of Least Resistance”

July 10, 2018 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou Ensuring that people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders have access to treatment and recovery services at parity with those offered for physical illnesses is a […]

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Reconnecting the Head to the Body: National Council Longtime Champions of Integrated Care

June 25, 2018 | Healthcare | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Integrated physical and behavioral health care is a concept whose time has come. Integrated care is about providing trauma-informed, holistic care to seamlessly address all health concerns of patients and their families. In practice, it means: Checking a person’s blood pressure when they come in for a medication visit with their psychiatrist. Screening for substance […]

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