You Too Can Be a Lobbyist

September 24, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Most people who enact laws aren’t healthcare experts or even for that matter particularly interested in the subject of addiction and treatment.

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About Government

September 7, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

In some communities, where resources are few, the only way to access residential services is by getting arrested and sent by the Court.

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Reducing Harm vs… Well, Reducing Harm

August 17, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

My longstanding rule is to design your program to treat your population, not some idealized group of subjects who did well in a research setting with a significantly different structure.

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A System That Could Be One

July 23, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

To make the CMHC system a reality, we’d need— hold your breath, this can be scary— a national plan that requires stable funding.

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The Power of Loss Aversion

May 25, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Mike Golic, a former pro football player, was asked to recall his five best-ever performances. He couldn’t. “Ask me about my five worst games,” he countered.

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Cynical? Or Realistic?

May 14, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

The system here isn’t designed to help a sick addict get off (and stay off) alcohol and drugs. It’s designed to process people in accordance with the expectations of society.

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Outcome vs. Impact

March 12, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Signpost with arms pointing to good, better, best

Correlation is not, I repeat not, causation, but it has some value in itself.

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What Makes a Successful Treatment Program

January 5, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Lose the community’s confidence in our ability to provide a safe, secure environment for their loved ones, and it’s over.

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Ten Steps to a Strategic Plan

December 22, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

“I don’t know why we bother. Hardly any of the stuff we predict ever comes to pass.”

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Ideology Wars

February 17, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

If Project MATCH had it right, and all three work but none works significantly better than the others– then what’s all the argument about?

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