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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.

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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The Compliance Imperative—The End of the Quality vs. Compliance Debate

August 7, 2014 | Compliance | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

No one expects to be investigated. Yet, the federal government recovers billions every year from healthcare providers, including mental health and addiction treatment organizations.
In the past, one visible area of vulnerability for behavioral health providers was the quality of our care. For some, the perception was that the community behavioral health centers’ culture of caring conflicted with the culture of compliance, and that money was better spent on care than on “overhead” such as a compliance program.

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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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The Overdose Epidemic: Should We Revisit ‘Harm Reduction’?

June 19, 2014 | Addiction | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

With such a high level of attention around Naloxone/Narcan, it’s not surprising the conversation has broadened to one about “harm reduction,” a phrase that was once banned by the Bush administration because it was considered tantamount to promoting drug use. Now, however, some once verboten policies are being embraced. What do you think about harm reduction?

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A Call for Excellence

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

The 2014 National Council Conference left me feeling better than ever about the future for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. I am inspired by our members who won’t be lulled into inaction — a sentiment that was ever present during our time together. As we continue to adjust operational and business practices […]

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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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Women and Leadership: Is Leaning In Enough?

March 31, 2014 | Healthcare | Time for Action | Comments
Is leaning in enough?

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Leadership, it’s the ability to win over and motivate a group of people with your voice and presence. We have two women leaders keynoting the National Council’s upcoming conference in May, Hillary Clinton and Kelly Ayotte. Politically on different sides of the aisle, they share the ability to lead, to win over, and to motivate […]

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Something to Talk About

March 25, 2014 | Mental Health First Aid | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

I recently got a call from George Delgrosso, Executive Director of the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, excited to share the news that the Colorado legislature approved $750,000 to expand Mental Health First Aid in Colorado. What made the difference in getting the appropriation? A legislative staff member took the course and became a champion of […]

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Behavioral Health Must Say Yes to Accreditation

February 18, 2014 | Healthcare | Comments
behavioral health accreditation

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

I like it when something has more than one use or benefit, whether it’s a kitchen implement, a black suit, or a good idea. As we’ve been thinking about the changes that are underway in healthcare, it occurred to me that the benefits of accreditation are multiplying. I’ve always worked in behavioral health organizations that had […]

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Reinforces Our Greatest Public Health Crisis

February 6, 2014 | Addiction | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Days after he was found dead in his apartment from a heroin overdose, Philip Seymour Hoffman is not even trending on Twitter any more. Old news already! Hollywood paid its tributes. And we’re ready to move on. Hoffman’s death is the latest in a string of celebrity overdose deaths. But as before, we experience no […]

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