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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.

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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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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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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Join me in celebrating the ADA’s silver anniversary

July 24, 2015 | Uncategorized | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

July 26 marks the silver anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. That day, 25 years ago, we as a nation said “no more” to discrimination against people with disabilities. One of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation, the ADA took no less than four years to pass. Iowa’s Senator Tom Harkin authored […]

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An Incredible Icon, An Incredible Loss

August 12, 2014 | Uncategorized | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

We lost an incredible icon yesterday. A man, a comic, a dramatic, Robin Williams brought us such joy and laughter, but in the end, found himself alone in the darkness of depression. If there’s any lesson to be learned in this tragic loss, it is that suicide is an equal opportunity killer. Depression, mental illness and addiction can happen to anyone, anywhere.

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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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Assisted Outpatient Treatment : We Can Do Better

December 11, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Practitioners, advocates, families, and individuals with mental illnesses: We all care very deeply about helping people. We dedicate our time to trying to figure out how to help people with mental illnesses to live well. This deep concern can sometimes lead to a clash in perspectives, most prominently in discussion of assisted outpatient treatment. Last […]

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Torn between two causes?

August 5, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

When I was pregnant with my now adult twin sons, I had a reoccurring nightmare. I was standing between two cribs each with a crying baby unable to decide which son to go to. I’ve heard similar fears expressed about an association’s ability to advocate for more than one cause, one disease state, one group of people struggling or in recovery. Most recently such fears were voiced when we announced a strategic alliance of the State Associations for Addiction Services, the Legal Action Center, and the National Council for Behavioral Health.

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Is mental health stigma overrated?

July 24, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Is mental health stigma overrated? Is it time to rethink anti-stigma campaigns that are based on the belief that stigma stops people from accessing services?

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