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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.

A Thank You to Our Veterans

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

There is not a day that goes by that I’m not grateful for the indomitable spirit, strength and resolve of our Executive Vice President  & COO Jeannie Campbell, and I’m especially pleased to honor her on Veterans Day. Jeannie served her country for 22 years in the U.S. Navy and continues to serve those who […]

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A Call to Action: We Must Strengthen America’s Mental Health Workforce

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

The following blog first ran on Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy Blog. We are a nation in crisis. Drug overdoses claimed 72,000 lives in 2017. Suicide rates continue to climb. Life expectancy is on target to drop for a third straight year — something that hasn’t happened in this country since the Spanish flu […]

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

Linda Rosenberg

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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From 2017 to 2018…

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Asked to write a column for Mental Health Weekly’s Special Preview Issue, it was a chance to connect with Mental Health Weekly’s audience and then to share the piece as my first blog for 2018. But limited by space in both the column and blog forced choices on the focus of content. There are so […]

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Health Disparities Deserve to be History: Stand Up All Year Against Discrimination

February 27, 2017 | Advocacy | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

There is bias in policing: Black Americans are more than twice as likely as white Americans to be unarmed when they’re shot and killed by police officers. There is bias in the marketplace: When whites and blacks were sent to bargain for a used car, blacks were offered initial prices roughly $700 higher, and they […]

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President’s Day: Reflecting on Compassion and What is Right

February 17, 2017 | Advocacy | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

I have to admit, President’s Day isn’t one of those holidays I think about a lot. Except for a three-day weekend and possibly good sales at Macy’s, President’s Day doesn’t hold a lot of meaning for me. But lately I have been thinking more about the presidency. About the impact our leaders have on our […]

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Unite for Behavioral Health: Medicaid is not a partisan issue, it is a human issue

January 30, 2017 | Advocacy | Time for Action | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

There is a new administration in town, a new dynamic in Congress and we’re all wondering what lies ahead for health care. In a recent op-ed, New York Times columnist David Brooks called on us to move past our individual causes. “Identity politics is too small for this moment,” Brooks wrote. Brooks said of Trump’s […]

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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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My List of 2016 Priorities

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

 I recently sat down with Julie Miller, Editor in Chief of Behavioral Healthcare Magazine, to talk about what’s coming in 2016.  Read more in this article in Behavioral Healthcare.   

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Hiding Behind HIPAA

July 22, 2015 | Advocacy | Compliance | Healthcare | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

It’s natural for someone who cares deeply about an issue to be zealous. But some have taken the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to extremes. HIPAA, as it’s known, is the federal law that – among other things – guarantees medical privacy. In a continuing care retirement community, Helen Wyvill, 72, tried to find […]

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