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Reaction to music indicates empathy

September 22, 2016     H. Steven Moffic

The ability to feel another's pain, to take a step back from that, be concerned, and put into play efficacious therapeutic processes is a desirable trait among staff. Yet, hasn't it always been a challenge to find that out before hiring someone?

Fostering equity for all Americans

September 19, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

The national elections of 2016 are bringing the problems of inequity in American society into exceptional relief. Lessons from seminal conference held last week at Washington University can help each of us address the actions we must take.

Key domestic challenges for our next president

September 8, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Major issues exist in the economic insecurity of working class Americans; in the engagement of our children and persons with disabilities in our criminal justice system; and in the inability of our major political institutions to function effectively, to name just a few.

Should we reach out to American Muslims on 9/11?

September 8, 2016     H. Steven Moffic

Most anyone in the mental health field can anticipate the potential problem and conflict: a joyous Muslim holiday coinciding with an American tragedy that is associated with the actions of some Muslim extremists.

Why insurance hassles are only going to get worse

September 7, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Here's yet another reason why you need to keep excellent documentation and thoroughly understand what's in your insurance contracts.

The least you need to know about Clinton’s mental health policy

August 30, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Hillary Clinton released a mental health policy proposal Monday that includes a few noteworthy investments, such as the expansion of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic program.

Follow the money in behavioral healthcare

August 30, 2016     Ed Jones, PhD

Private equity investors are putting a great deal of time, effort and money into figuring out how to transform the behavioral healthcare industry, and our industry leaders must match that, in terms of time and effort, if not money.

Hillary Clinton offers excellent mental health policy proposals

August 30, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Hillary Clinton stated categorically that mental health will be a top priority of her administration. She also stated categorically that she will convene a White House Conference on Mental Health during her first year in office. We could not ask for more.

Last chance to pass mental health reform?

August 28, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Just as the shimmering sunlight of summer is quickly waning away, so too is the stellar opportunity we have to pass national mental health reform legislation this year.

The emerging business model for behavioral healthcare

August 15, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

We continue to transition away from the familiar of the past half-century toward the less-known service environment of today. And new organizational arrangements are beginning to alter the business landscape of behavioral healthcare.

Consider the Olympics of mental health and recovery

August 10, 2016     H. Steven Moffic

Maybe someday we can dream big, like many Olympic athletes have done and host the Olympics of Mental Health. The competition could be about who overcame mental challenges and disorders to recover and succeed in life.

Leaders seek avenues to work collaboratively

August 10, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The number of new coalitions and collaborations that have popped up just in the past year or so is a sure sign of everyone’s passion to make changes in how addiction treatment is delivered and how it is reimbursed.

How we can improve the population health of people experiencing homelessness

August 3, 2016     Patrick Gauthier

Partnerships between housing and homeless providers and behavioral health providers are one way to improve population health.

Report: 8 states friendly for telemental health

August 2, 2016     Marlene M. Maheu, PhD

The American Telemedicine Association report card helps decision-makers assess which states are supportive of new telehealth services and which ones have failed to remove roadblocks.

Implement and track the new metrics and quality measures

August 2, 2016     Lisette Wright

How do you prepare your organization to engage a model of care that emphasizes value, measures and population health reporting? Let’s start with some simple concepts.

The emerging care environment for persons with ID/DD

July 27, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

A confluence of several factors is bringing dramatic change to the care of persons with intellectual development or developmental disabilities, including the Affordable Care Act, the Olmstead Supreme Court decision, and major service integration efforts.


How CARA might help your bottom line

July 18, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Experts have highlighted two key points in CARA that have the potential to impact a treatment center’s bottom line: midlevel buprenorphine prescribers and new grant money.

Consider the psychological state of our settings

July 11, 2016     H. Steven Moffic

This would be a good time to check the state of our own mental healthcare unions: our clinics, hospitals and office practices. This time of year also dovetails with the annual turnover in our academic institutions.

Now is the time to close two deals

July 10, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

What is the status of pending mental health reform legislation? What is the status of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)? Our stock-taking can provide important guidance for our own next steps.

Progress on parity for persons with SMI

July 5, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

In examining the impact of parity on the care of persons with serious mental illness, we acknowledge that many of the advances have been slow and incremental over the past 50 years.