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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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Six Weeks until a New World Order

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Tick tock. Six weeks to go until State Planning Grant applications are due for states to move forward with Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, and, I believe, six weeks until we enter a New World Order for specialty behavioral health care.   When the National Council crowd sourced and then promoted the concept of Centers […]

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A Do-Something Congress

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

This editorial originally appeared in Roll Call. As this lame-duck Congress limps to the end of its tenure, pundits are shouting about its ineffectiveness. The 113th Congress passed fewer laws than any Congress in 60 years. With control of the government still divided along party lines, many see little hope the next Congress will be […]

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How is a McDonalds different from a Bill Introduced in Congress?

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

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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Investing in addiction treatment is good policy

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Just as this nation launched national campaigns to promote seat-belts and reduce smoking, we need a sustained, comprehensive effort to make treatment available to all who need it. I urge policymakers in Washington to support the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program. Let’s turn the tide together.

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A Bipartisan Holiday Success: Excellence in Mental Health Act

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

These days, it doesn’t seem like lawmakers agree on much. But last week, members of an influential Senate committee took an important vote on the critical Excellence in Mental Health Act, which would expand Americans’ access to mental health and addiction treatment.

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60 Minutes Highlights Need for Excellence in Mental Health Act

September 30, 2013 | Excellence in Mental Health Act | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

First, let’s be clear — there is no “mental health system” serving people with serious mental illnesses in this country just as there is no single “healthcare system.” Mental health services are available in every community just like general medical services. For people with serious mental illnesses, these services are primarily funded with state Medicaid […]

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