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Beyond NIMBY: Q&A featuring Pete Nielsen on breaking down barriers, reducing stigma of mental illness

Substance use disorders traditionally have been viewed in society as a moral flaw or character defect, despite the fact that addiction is now recognized as a disease that affects the brain. Advocates and leaders in the behavioral health industry have worked diligently to reduce the stigma of mental illness; however, it appears there is still […]


Beyond NIMBY: Empowering behavioral health care workers to take a stand against workplace violence

“Beyond NIMBY” is an investigative news series that addresses the strong opposition of residents to having residential treatment centers and residences for people with mental and substance use disorders located in their communities – also referred to as “not in my backyard.” Earlier articles in this series have addressed topics related to NIMBY, including the […]


Beyond NIMBY: Insurance, stigma and other barriers affecting addiction treatment in California

Earlier articles in the “Beyond NIMBY” series have addressed the “not in my backyard” mentality that has proliferated in communities across the country, particularly in affluent coastal communities in Southern California, toward residential facilities and sober living homes for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. We have discussed different aspects of behavioral health […]


Beyond NIMBY: Meeting minds to build accountability, affordability and accessibility to behavioral health services in California

Dave Sheridan, Executive Director ofThe Sober Living Network and President of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) California’s lack of funding, capacity, organization and regulatory oversight has been problematic for the delivery of behavioral health treatment and other supportive services to persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. Despite the recent expansion of […]


Appendix: The regulation of residential facilities and sober living in California

Sovereign Health’s “Beyond NIMBY” editorial series discusses topics related to the “not in my backyard” mentality adopted by local residents when it comes to having residential addiction treatment facilities and sober living residences located in their neighborhoods. This appendix clarifies terminology and provides information and resources for state and federal laws, licensing requirements, and certification […]


Beyond NIMBY: Sovereign Health navigates California’s licensing, certification and accreditation requirements for residential facilities and SLHs

Sovereign Health’s “Beyond NIMBY” series has addressed topics related to the “not in my backyard” mentality adopted by South Orange County residents when it comes to having residential facilities and sober living homes (SLHs) in their communities. Previous articles have taken a closer look at the history of behavioral health care in California, local and […]


Beyond NIMBY: Q&A featuring Dave Sheridan, executive director of The Sober Living Network and President of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences

The Sober Living Network is a nonprofit organization, based in Santa Monica, California, that certifies alcohol- and drug-free residences to more than 25,000 men and women in Southern California each year. Sovereign Health spoke with Dave Sheridan, the executive director of The Sober Living Network and president of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR), about […]


Beyond NIMBY: Two neighboring SoCal communities express alternate ways to regulate sober living homes

Sovereign Health’s “Beyond NIMBY” series addresses topics related to the “not in my backyard” mentality toward residential treatment facilities and sober living homes among Southern California residents. Previous articles have examined San Clemente’s town hall meeting about sober living homes held on Sept. 1 and Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Vista) new legislation, called the Safe Recovery […]


Beyond NIMBY: The rise of community-based behavioral health care in California

Previous articles in Sovereign Health’s “Beyond NIMBY” editorial series have addressed San Clemente’s town hall meeting on sober living homes, recent local media attention on the increasingly aggressive behavior of local residents, federal anti-discrimination laws, and the new federal legislation introduced by Congressman Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) for sober living homes, called the Safe Recovery and […]


Beyond NIMBY: Escalating volatile NIMBY behavior in South Orange County

The first article of the “Beyond NIMBY” editorial series discussed the town hall meeting on sober living homes held by Congressman Darrell Issa (R- California) at the beginning of this month in San Clemente, California. On Sept. 1, 2016, Congressman Issa hosted the community panel discussion on sober living homes in San Clemente, California. During […]


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