A Tale of Two Conferences

2015-05-05_14-07-38“It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity…” So begins Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities,” and in the case of behavioral health conferences, the cities were Orlando for the electrifying National Council and Atlanta for the soulful American Association of Suicidology. The former hosts community behavioral health leaders and the latter hosts suicide researchers, policy makers, family members, crisis centers, and people with lived experience. Read more

RISE Awards!

2015-04-29_14-26-27Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care hosted the first annual RISE Awards at the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness in Phoenix, Arizona this morning to celebrate Resilience, Innovation, Service and Empowerment in the transformation of the behavioral healthcare system.

There was a time not too long ago that many professionals in behavioral health kept their work in the closet, or hung their heads low. Read more

Avoid Crisis Not Top Ten… Join #NatCon15

In the last few years, nearly a dozen US states have determined it was time to end the “Not Top Ten.” This decision is leading to an investment of hundreds of millions with a new level of expectation for psychiatric crisis services; crisis stabilization facilities, crisis respite, mobile crisis and high-tech crisis call centers.

What is the “Not Top Ten?” On Super Bowl Sunday, it’s easy to think about the plays that made SportsCenter for the wrong reasons. Read more

Legacy of Recovery: Honoring the Founder

IMG_8004This past week Recovery Innovations, Inc. (RI) announced that its President/CEO, Eugene Johnson, is leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities. Since founding the Company in 1990, Gene and RI have created a vision of recovery recognized around the world for its focus on “what’s strong” not “what’s wrong.”

Last week, as we honored Gene’s legacy with the team in Phoenix, we recounted the story of change and development at RI that began 25 years ago and continues in 2015 and beyond.

Beginning his career in social work at Loyola University in the late 60s, Gene became a passionate civil rights advocate, participating in freedom marches on the streets of Chicago. Read more

Everything We Knew About Suicide… Is Wrong

David W. Covington, Everything we knew about suicide was wrong, Recovery, Behavioral Health Version 3.0In “How to Train Your Dragon,” the citizens of Berk had observed, measured, categorized and chronicled dragons for decades. They thought they knew most everything there was to know about these violent beasts. But when Hiccup, a small, anything-but-Norse-like-warrior boy comes into contact with one of the most feared and misunderstood dragons, his eyes are opened wide. Putting aside his preconceived notion of dragons, he develops a loving friendship with “Toothless,” admitting, “Everything we know about you guys…is wrong.” Read more