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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.