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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.

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

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Linda Rosenberg

Former 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
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Linda Rosenberg

Former 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
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Linda Rosenberg

Former 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
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Linda Rosenberg

Former 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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Living with Mental Illness or Addiction

June 21, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

The Other Side ― an award-winning 5-minute film marking the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act passed by President Kennedy ― portrays what it’s like to live in the grip of mental illnesses and addictions and how treatments and supports provided in the community make recovery possible.

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White House Says Mental Health Matters

June 4, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

What a great day for mental health awareness in America. Was pleased to be a part of the White House National Conference on Mental Health on June 3, 2013 hosted by the President Obama and Vice President Biden. A much-needed PR event that launched a national public engagement campaign around mental health. From Hollywood to Washington, there was a rallying cry to keep the conversation about mental health going.

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Kittens Usher in National Council Name Change

June 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Kittens have notoriously short attention spans. They chase the most exciting thing around. To entice them, you must get right to the point. So, what was the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare to do?

Shorten our name, of course.

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3 Things You Can Do after the Newtown Tragedy

January 28, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

We can no longer afford the luxury of inaction or ineffective solutions to the thief of community violence. On Friday, he stole 28 innocent lives, most of who hadn’t yet celebrated their eighth birthday. We know this thief. We saw him in a movie theater in Aurora, a high school at Columbine, a classroom at […]

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A Personal Take on Mental Health First Aid

November 26, 2012 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

This may sound unusual but one Mental Health First Aid’s biggest initial supporters was my husband. Mind you, he’s a CPA and not even in our industry. But when I first bounced this idea off of him of bringing the program to this country, he said “That’s going to be one of the most important things you’ve ever done.

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