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  • 1.  Tell us about your successes!

    National Council Staff
    Posted 07-12-2019 12:10
    Do you have a recent innovation in service/care delivery that has been successful or that you want to discuss with others? We are continually looking to our members, affiliates and community stakeholders to share good news with us about their initiatives and innovations that have worked in bringing better access to mental health and addictions care within their communities so that others can be inspired by or replicate it! Let us know what you're doing to promote more access to care in your area.

    Chuck Ingoglia
    National Council for Behavioral Health
    Washington DC

  • 2.  RE: Tell us about your successes!

    Posted 07-15-2019 08:16

    I am the CMO at Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care, serving the communities of Seattle/King County.  We've been able to implement and sustain an Evidence Based staged approach to treating PTSD.  We have adopted the widely accepted staged approach to treating PTSD:

    Stage 1 - Safety and Stabilization
    Stage 2 - Trauma Memory Processing

    We utilize DBT (both individual and group) for stage 1, to help give clients the emotion regulation skills to tolerate stage 2, and EMDR for stage 2 (as a trauma memory processing treatment that is a top tier treatment but is relatively easier for clients to tolerate).  We've been able to sustain these programs by offering annual trainings in conducting DBT and EMDR, and supporting consultation groups for therapists that are practicing these treatments.  We have trained internal trainers to provide the annual DBT training (both for teens and adults) and EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program ( for our annual EMDR trainings.  Lots of great stories of clients recovering from severe trauma!  We are implementing the PCL-5 Abbreviated and the Difficulties in Emotional Regulation Scale - Short Version (DERS-SF) to evaluate outcomes for the EMDR and DBT programs respectively, so hopefully soon we'll have the data to back up the stories.

    Brian Allender, MD
    CMO at Valley Cities Behavioral Health

    Brian Allender, MD
    Chief Medical Officer
    Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care
    253-661-8631 fax

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  • 3.  RE: Tell us about your successes!

    National Council Staff
    Posted 07-15-2019 17:32

    Thanks so much for sharing! This is great to hear. I encourage others to share stories as well! I'm interested to know what others are working on that is leading to increased knowledge of mental health/addictions treatment best practices and recovery success.



    Lisa Prather


    Lisa Prather
    Campaign Manager
    National Council for Behavioral Health
    1400 K Street NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005
    Direct: (202) 629-5786

  • 4.  RE: Tell us about your successes!

    National Council Staff
    Posted 07-16-2019 09:23
    Thank you for sharing Brian. These are exactly the kinds of stories we love to hear from our members!

    Chuck Ingoglia
    National Council for Behavioral Health
    Washington DC

  • 5.  RE: Tell us about your successes!

    Posted 07-29-2019 16:32
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    Hi Chuck,

    The attached document is a White Paper (authored by OPEN MINDS) on three specific Harbor programs. The first program is about Harbor and Mercy Health working together. Harbor provides the psychiatric services, including telepsychiatry, for eight Mercy Health hospitals in Northwest Ohio. These include urban, suburban and rural facilities. Initial results demonstrate better access and higher quality. It also shows how increased utilization at St. Charles correlates with decreased occupancy at Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH).

    The second two programs relate to the positive impact of Medicaid Health Home and Behavioral Health Care Coordination and its impact on ED, psychiatric inpatient and general hospital inpatient utilization by adults and youth.  This 15 page paper is worth a quick scan to see some of the impact we have been able to accomplish with our partners at the Ohio Department of Medicaid, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Mercy Health.

    Please let me know if you want any further information.


    Steven Benjamin
    SVP, QI, Training & Government Relations
    Toledo OH