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December 1, 2006
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National Council Annual Conference

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare's 37th Annual Conference is March 26-28, 2007, in Las Vegas. The conference delivers an array of educational opportunities—with CEs and CMEs available—designed to develop behavioral healthcare leaders with the drive, skills, and experience to reach the highest level of performance. For more information, visit

Online Training

Essential Learning provides a Web-based Learning Management System (LMS) and online courses designed to meet the training and compliance needs of behavioral health and addiction treatment organizations, including provider agencies, county departments, and residential facilities. Essential Learning assists organizations with improving staff performance and development, upgrading training, increasing compliance, assisting in tracking, and maintaining high-quality client services.

Essential Learning recently was selected by CRC Health Group, a provider of chemical dependency and related behavioral health services, to provide online training services to its staff in more than 100 facilities spanning 23 states. For more information, visit

NMHA Renames Itself

The National Mental Health Association has changed its name to Mental Health America. The new name was chosen to communicate how fundamental mental health is to the overall health and well-being of every American. For more information, visit

Revamped Industry Association

The American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association has changed its mission, vision, and name to reflect the changes taking place among its members and the industry, becoming the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW). ABHW's mission is to be the national voice for behavioral health and wellness companies, committed to improving healthcare access and outcomes as well as promoting health and wellness by effectively treating mental health, substance use, and other behaviors that impact health.