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November 2021

Positive Effects of Giving Thanks: Not Just for the Holidays

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not but rejoices for what he has.” ~Greek philosopher, Epictetus It is that time of year in which the leaves are changing color, the days are getting shorter, and as we prepare for family meals and holidays, we witness a lot more folks talking about what they are thankful for. The days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday lend themselves to a shift in our focus onto what we appreciate in our lives, and we notice folks...

All Systems Go! Vaya Health and Benchmarks Kickoff Child Welfare Project with DSS Directors

Earlier this month we announced Benchmarks will be working on a new project with Vaya Health, a Medicaid managed care organization in North Carolina, to improve the lives of children in the child welfare system. Benchmarks will provide consulting and training services regarding the alignment of practices of the local child welfare system and the behavioral healthcare provider system. To jumpstart this effort, Vaya and Benchmarks invited each DSS Director from Vaya’s current 22 counties as...

Alexander Youth Network Continues to Advocate for Trauma Informed Services

In July, North Carolina started the process of Medicaid transformation. Oversight and management of some Medicaid behavioral health dollars transitioned from more regionalized, specialized organizations to statewide organizations that focus on both behavioral health and physical health. During this transition, providers have worked tirelessly to ensure that much needed services continue despite logistics surrounding health plans. During the process of Medicaid transformation, providers have...

Warning: Positive Changes Ahead!

Benchmarks is pleased to announce the implementation of a new project which seeks to improve the lives of children in the child welfare system. In conjunction with Vaya Health, a Medicaid managed care organization in North Carolina, we are excited to begin this important work. We believe this project has the potential to greatly impact the services children receive, the way professionals work together, and enhance the lives of the families we serve. Benchmarks has proven success in project...

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Trauma

The month of October is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness month. As systems and the people who make up those systems become more trauma-informed and trauma-aware, there is more attention drawn to the intersection and differences between this disorder and trauma. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects adults and children. ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders amongst children ages 2-17...

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