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Health Care Practice Improvement

The National Council emphasizes prevention, treatment, education and recovery through our revolutionary health care practice improvement efforts. We recognize that  science — new medications, psychotherapies, peer support and other treatment technologies — continuously expands our ability to treat a range of addictions and mental illnesses.

Our health care practice improvement efforts help mental health and addiction providers translate science to service and challenge the traditional paradigms of the health care safety-net. We support the evolution and adoption of clinical, financial and leadership best practices to enable comprehensive, high-quality health care for individuals with addictions and mental illnesses.


Minnesota Practice Facilitation Program: Fact Sheet

As part of the Minnesota State Innovation Model (SIM) Initiative, the National Council for Behavioral Health received a grant to provide intensive coaching and facilitation for practice change that amplifies existing state integrated health, e-health and accountable care efforts. This project offers customized coaching, organization-specific consultation and access to resources for community health centers and/or […]

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Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse Initiative

The Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse Initiative (a 2-year learning community) helps providers implement an SBIRT protocol to address adolescents' substance use and addresses how Medicaid can pay for SBIRT services.

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Co-Occurring Disorders Learning Community

The National Council — in partnership with MTM Services and Hazelden — launched the Co-Occurring Disorder Learning Community in the fall of 2011. This practice improvement initiative addresses an area critical to behavioral health organizations, their communities, and the individuals served – co-occurring treatment for mental health and substance use disorders.

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Standards of Care for People with Bipolar Disorder

The Advancing Standards of Care for People with Bipolar Disorder program is designed to provide clinicians and program administrators at ten sites with the opportunity and means to: implement an evidence-based group intervention that engages clients and improves client outcomes; implement an evidence based functional assessment instrument to assess a broad range of functional outcomes for clients that participate in the project; and identify areas in which structural and treatment barriers continue to block efforts to improve standards of care.

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Early Onset Schizophrenia Community of Practice

The Early Onset Schizophrenia Community of Practice (CoP) is designed for community behavioral health organizations interested in developing a strategic plan to provide early screening and ongoing treatment for youth and young adults at risk of, or displaying symptoms of, first episode psychosis. From March 2015 through October 2015, the Early Onset Schizophrenia Community of […]

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HIV Depression Care

The National Council’s Depression Care Collaborative is a yearlong learning project to help community behavioral health organizations systematically use the PHQ-9, an evidence-based depression measurement tool.

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Same Day Access Multistate Initiative

This multistate initiative engaged community behavioral health organizations to design and implement strategies that will result in efficient access-to-treatment processes. The participating agencies receive customized technical assistance and consultation from MTM Services to accomplish the program goals.

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