Sam Webb discusses how saying too much “YES” can become a problem for your mental health.  He joins us live at The National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference in Seattle, Washington NatCon2017. Not often we get to do in person interviews between our host, Kristin Sunanta Walker, and Sam but they are always powerful. Sam talks about the foundation he is co-founder of Livin (A suicide awareness organization), his production company, and his upcoming podcast on Life has been moving fast for Sam so we get into it about taking care of yourself and making sure that your personal well being is first. Givers tend to put themselves last on the list but this doesn’t help you on your own mental health journey.




Listen as MHNR host, Kristin Walker, interviews Dr. Mario Hernandez, Professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies (within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. In his role as Chair, Dr. Hernandez discusses the new Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health program and research development. Most Recently, Dr. Hernandez co authored an article for The Journal of Behavioral Health Services published by the National Council for Behavioral Health. The results of the survey discussed in the article were startling.

Dr. Hernandez provides leadership and management for a variety of research and technical assistance projects at the local, national, and international levels. He has also co-edited two books, Promoting Cultural Competence in Children’s Mental Health Services and Developing Outcome Strategies in Children’s Mental Health which he further discusses with Kristin on the show. He has published articles and book chapters on developing outcome strategies for children’s mental health, cultural competence and in applying logic models to support community change efforts. Additionally, he edited and contributed to: a special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology, focused on exemplars of community practice that have used logic models to guide their local efforts; the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, focusing on child mental health policy; and, the Journal of Behavioral Healthcare and Research, focusing on system accountability in children’s mental health.

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We had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Robert (Bob) Johnson, LCSW and CEO/President of The Samaritan Institute. I haven’t received a hand written thank you card in a very long time. Bob wrote one to me after we met at The National Council for Behavioral Health conference in Seattle of 2017. A gentleman and forward thinker ready to take the institute to new heights and sheppard in technology, compliancy, and growth for the 60+ organizations under the Samaritan umbrella.

Robert (Bob) P. Johnson, MS, LCSW joined the Institute in July 2016. Prior to this, he served on the Institute Board of Directors, the Clergy and Congregation Care (CCC) Leadership Team, and has been a member of Leadership Consultation Group (LCG) II since its inception in 1998. Bob was the Executive Director of the American Foundation of Counseling Services, a Samaritan Center, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin from 1996 – 2016. During this time the Center grew from providing 5,000 hours of service annually to over 20,000 hours across three program areas:  Outpatient Behavioral Health; Treatment Foster Care; and Clergy and Congregation Care. The Center has also become known as a leader in the development of collaborative working groups to address the mental health needs throughout the community. Bob holds a B.S. in Psychology from St. Norbert College and a MS in Clinical Psychology from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

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Nanette V. Larson, BA, CRSS, serves as the Deputy Director/Ambassador for Wellness & Recovery for the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health. Since 1999, Ms. Larson has worked with the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health, providing leadership and consultation to further the development of recovery-oriented services within the mental health system. In her more than 15 years as a state employee, Ms. Larson has served in a variety of positions within the Division. In her role as Ambassador, Ms. Larson will continue to forward many of DMH’s successful recovery initiatives, such as Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP®), Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) training and development & monthly Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Calls. Additionally, she and her team will develop and expand proactive, outcome-focused wellness strategies organized around the eight dimensions of wellness identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Ms. Larson is a nationally recognized leader in the mental health recovery movement and has provided numerous presentations to diverse audiences on recovery, spirituality, and related topics. Her passion for this work comes from her personal experience of recovery from mental illness, and her message is one of hope for all whose lives are affected by these conditions.

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Jonathan Bertrand attended Maynard Evans High School and graduated with the class of 2014. Being raised in a Middle/Upper class family, he was raised with high standards and morals. While attending high school Jonathan was bullied because he dressed for success which wasn’t well received amongst his peers. Jonathan slipped into depression and became an introvert. After graduation he realized his calling was to help others in similar situations. In December 2012 he ran an anti-bullying campaign with Lexton Cage of Orlando, FL. Jonathan received Congressional recognition for his outstanding and valuable service to his community on December 11th of that same month.

In November of 2014 “The Social Networking Effect” What’s Your Story?” movement was created. This movement is to generate awareness of the side effects social media plays in people’s lives. In December 2015 The Global Touch Foundation was formed. The foundation is a non–profit organization designed to promote 5 areas of study, EDUCATION, RESEARCH, MENTAL HEALTH, PHYSICAL HEALTH AND POLICY. Pioneering Social Media Awareness Via his Foundation , The Global Touch Foundation Inc.

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Jonathan was a panelist speaker at The National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference.

Glen Coppersmith, PhD is the founder and CEO of Qntfy (pronounced “quantify”), a software company that combines capabilities rarely found under one roof: data science to construct research hypotheses, automated data collection from non-traditional and traditional sources, and the ability to build complex data-driven systems. We translate data science and machine learning into practical, patient centered solutions. He is also an independent consultant on a range of data science related work, including various DARPA data science programs and some engagements with my friends at The Data Guild.

We met Glen at the 2017 National Council for Behavioral Health conference held in Seattle.

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HIPAA, HITECH, Omnibus,  PCI regulations – these are words that can strike fear into the heart of any Behavioral Health organization.  They don’t need to as we found after speaking with our guest today on Mental Health News Radio.  We sat down with Marc Haskelson, the President and CEO of Compliancy Group, to find out how easy compliance can be.

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As she’s already heard, April is a breath of fresh air. We met by chance at The National Council for Behavioral Health and immediately set up a live interview.  Now MHNR Network is doing all we can to further her message with  Doc Foreman has her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She enjoys working in rural settings, and finds that the picture in her office of her grandmother holding up an enormous catfish can often mean more to her clients than the degrees hanging on the opposite wall. She believes that using information technology and social media resources can bring state of the art mental health care to her rural clients. She has experience using a system of phone texting to help clients chart their daily mood and share them with a treatment team and trusted circle of friends and family. She also uses social media platforms like Twitter to connect with innovators and thought leaders in healthcare across the world, and uses her website to curate compelling Twitter chats on issues about which she is passionate. Her work in this area has been featured in the ARHQ Innovations Exchange.

Currently, Doc Foreman is serving Veterans as a Suicide Prevention Coordinator in Baton Rouge. She enjoys using her clinical skill, and talent for practical problem-solving to prevent suicide in US Veterans, who have *twice* the risk of dying by suicide as the general public.

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Alice Washington is an associate at the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. Ms. Washington was awarded a Bachelor’s of Art degree from Stanford University during March of 1988.  Her major was Sociology:  Social Sciences. In the past few years, Ms. Washington has received a Train-the-Trainer Certificate from California State University, Sacramento.  In 2013, Alice completed an A.S. in Graphic Design. She also completed a Diploma in Web Design and Interactive Media in December 2015. Finally, Alice has skills in developing technology-based trainings.

Alice has been living with schizophrenia, depression and anxiety since age 27. She has had diabetes for about 6 years during to Zyprexa and obesity.

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Rebecca C. Farley, MPH, is Vice President, Policy and Advocacy for the National Council for Behavioral Health, where she monitors federal legislation and regulations related to behavioral health and health reform; educates members on policy developments and trends; mobilizes grassroots campaigns to support public policies that strengthen the mental health and addiction safety net; and directs the National Council’s annual Hill Day. Ms. Farley received her Master in Public Health from the George Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carleton College.

News straight from the policy makers that affect our nation’s mental health directives.

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