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Investing in a Professional, Caring, and Mission-driven Workforce

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEWS  By Staff Writer Odyssey House The behavioral health care workforce is one of the fastest growing in the country. Projections for 2020, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, forecast a significant rise in employment for substance abuse and mental health counselors with a 36% increase from…

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Merging Missions: Building a Staff Wellness Program

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEWS By Colleen Beagen Bringing wellness into the workplace is a natural development for Odyssey House where the mission of the organization is to promote a healthy recovery for individuals and families facing a range of life challenges from substance use disorders, mental illness, homelessness and chronic medical…

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The Best and Worst of 2015, and Hopes and Fears for 2016

Leaders in the field of drug treatment share their predictions for 2016 and the challenges ahead. See Dr. Provet’s below. Click here for the full report. The escalating opioid epidemic among middle-class Americans drew unusual attention last year to our field across a wide public sphere of elected officials, leaders of medical…

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ElderCare Services Address “Hidden Epidemic” Of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Older Americans

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEWS   As baby boomers, many of whom experimented with drugs in the 1960s and 1970s, head towards their senior years, the number of older Americans with substance use disorders is growing dramatically and with it the need for specialized treatment. Odyssey House’s ElderCare program has focused on…

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Opportunities for Improved Services with Integrated Care

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEWS By Peter Provet, PhD The key component of integrated care – coordination of primary and behavioral health services in a way that is accessible from one place – is not a new concept for many substance abuse treatment organizations, such as Odyssey House in New York City,…

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Odyssey House Family-Focused Programs Offer a Trauma-Informed Approach to Treating Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders

Behavioral Health News By Justin Mitchell, LMHC, Vice President, Adult Residential Services, and Peter Provet, PhD, President & CEO Women who have been physically, sexually, and/or emotionally abused are at a significantly higher risk of abusing alcohol and other drugs. As many as 90 percent of women with mental health…

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