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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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“People are Hard to Hate Close Up”: Learning to Reconnect with Ourselves and One Another

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Are we willing to live in a world governed by fear or are we willing to fight for a world driven by love? – Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy We live in an increasingly interconnected world, yet we are lonelier and more isolated than ever. And it’s literally making us sick. That was […]

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If Addiction is a Disease, What kind of Disease is it? Join the Conversation!

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Addiction is a chronic disease that changes the structure of the brain and how it works. This understanding helped fuel our fight for parity, promote evidence-based treatment and recovery services, and now supports a $35 billion drug treatment industry. But critics – including renowned addiction psychiatrist and NatCon18 speaker Sally Satel – believe that calling […]

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Get on Board: Lead Your Organization into the Future

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

At a time when nearly one in eight human service nonprofits is technically insolvent, effective board leadership has never been more critical. The situation is especially dire for nonprofit behavioral health organizations – their very survival and the health and well-being of the individuals they serve depends on their ability to pivot successfully in a […]

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Safe Injection Sites: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

In the game of “good idea, bad idea,” it seems no one is neutral about supervised consumption facilities, also called safe injection sites. Proponents say people can’t recover from a substance use problem if they’re dead, and supervised consumption facilities have been proven to keep them alive. Safe injection sites are facilities where people can […]

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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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Is Alcoholics Anonymous Irrational?

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

It’s important when an article cuts through the noise and provokes our thinking. Last month it was a JAMA opinion piece, Bring Back the Asylum. This month, the most recent issue of The Atlantic includes the article, The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the three authors of Bring Back the Asylum, is […]

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Asylum or Warehouse?

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel has mastered the art of controversy. In a recent piece, Why I Hope to Die at 75, he talks about his plan to eschew regular prostate screenings, colonoscopies, even the flu shot, and to accept only palliative treatment, but not curative treatment for diseases, he may acquire, like emphysema or cancer. The […]

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Tackling Tobacco Use in Substance Use Treatment Settings

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

As behavioral health practitioners, we are in the business of recovery. Tackling tobacco use in substance abuse treatment settings can be a cornerstone of services.

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2014: Estimating Real Change in Healthcare

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.” I couldn’t agree more with Bill Gates…

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