What We Think

Beacon and The Evidence for Stigma Change

Dr. Clarence Jordan demonstrates Beacon’s Thought Leadership initiative through his participation in developing a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, The Evidence of Stigma Change. The report outlines evidence-based strategies to reduce stigma in the areas of structural, public and self-stigma and the impact on reducing individuals’ likelihood of obtaining appropriate…

The Indispensable Role of Peer Support in the Journey to Wellbeing

Beacon Health Options creates systems of care that embrace recovery and resiliency. We weave this approach throughout our behavioral health services – from program components to innovative alternatives for members and their families to our own corporate culture. Our commitment as champions of hope and recovery goes beyond managing clinical care. We recognize that people with mental illness…

50 Years After JFK’s Community Mental Health Act: Brave New Frontier or Cowardly Retreat?

This year marks 50 years since President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Community Mental Health Act. We have made some remarkable progress in health technology and symptom remission since October of 1963. Ironically, our attitudes and beliefs about individuals with a mental health diagnosis have not, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation…

Creating Safe Harbors for People with Mental Illness

While studying at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, Clarence Jordan’s instructor pulled him aside to voice a concern. “He was concerned about my loner behavior,” Jordan recalls. “He told me that I didn’t seem to take pleasure in going to the beach or in other activities outside the classroom that other students enjoyed.” After…