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With her finger on the pulse of advocacy, practice improvement, and trends, Linda brings news from the field that you, or your work, can't live without.

NatCon17: Health Care’s Disney World … and More!

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

As I was stepping off a flight from Nashville to Washington, DC, a clearly excited woman stopped me to tell me that she had just registered for NatCon17. She went on to explain that for her and her colleagues, the National Council conference is like going to Disney World, “There’s something special every time you […]

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What Now?

November 9, 2016 | Advocacy | Healthcare | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

I love this quote from Hillel the Elder, one of the most important figures in Jewish history, because I often find myself asking, “If not us, who? If not now, when?” as I think about the National Council’s role in ensuring access to effective care for people with addictions and mental illnesses and in supporting […]

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Reality Check

September 20, 2016 | Time for Action | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

I think of myself as someone who lives the values I hold dear. But reality can test our values every single day. September is the real new year for me and I think for many others. September was the start of school, complete with the excitement and anxiety of a new class, new kids and […]

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Recovery Month – Everyone Deserves a Chance

September 6, 2016 | Addiction | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Last night we took a friend out to dinner, celebrating 12 months of sobriety. He looks and feels great. Throughout Recovery Month, many of us will rightfully celebrate the triumphs and achievements of the millions of Americans who are in recovery. But, as we recognize those successes, we must also ensure people of color have […]

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The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act: a good start

July 11, 2016 | Uncategorized | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) by an overwhelming 422-2. The bill – originally introduced three years ago by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) in the aftermath of the 2012 Newtown tragedy reflected the frustration of many who know we can […]

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Violence: What We Know And What We Need To Know

June 17, 2016 | Uncategorized | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Clarity helps. When violence of great magnitude strikes we’re confused, unable to understand. Looking for order in chaos, we can use simplistic labels to assign motive and briefly comfort ourselves— terrorist or crazy person. We want to regain control and take action, so we design political responses based upon the label. The following piece by […]

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We Stand With Orlando

June 13, 2016 | Healthcare | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO

We grieve for the victims, their families, the witnesses and the greater Orlando community after this horrific act of violence. And we are grateful for and stand with the community mental health providers who will support the community in the painful aftermath. The psychological wounds of a trauma of this magnitude can be severe. For […]

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Mental Health in America: Where Are We Now?

April 28, 2016 | Uncategorized | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

The following is the oral version of my testimony to the Senate Finance Committee  on April 28, 2016. You can also read the full written testimony I submitted here.   Good afternoon Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Wyden and Members of the Committee. My name is Linda Rosenberg and I’m the President and CEO of the National Council for […]

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Did Saturday Night Live’s Heroin Commercial Make you Angry?

April 19, 2016 | Addiction | Substance Use | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

America is worried about the wrong thing. This weekend, Saturday Night Live ran a commercial parody for a fictitious pharmaceutical product, Heroin AM, a product that combines heroin with cocaine and caffeine. The “commercial” depicted three white, middle class, suburban parents using the product to achieve “added productivity” while using heroin. Americans reacted by sending […]

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So Far, So Good … Addictions Get Their Due

February 17, 2016 | Uncategorized | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

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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