March 17, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
Many people have come forth to reveal that the Affordable Care Act saved their lives. All of this has raised questions about the early death of persons with mental health, substance use, and intellectual development and disability conditions.
March 7, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
Six words sum up the House bill released by Republicans last evening in their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. A quick review suggests the insured population would fall; health insurance benefits would deteriorate; and costs would escalate.
March 3, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
First, we came to understand the key role played by personal health literacy. Then, we added health activation. Now, we are opening chapter three of this trinity—self-management. This often is referred to as self-direction in behavioral health.
February 12, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
National concern continues to center on the profound and persistent problem of excessive incarceration in city and county jails, and the enmeshment of persons with mental and substance use conditions in the jails.
January 31, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
Now with a new administration, it will be very important for us to pause, reflect and determine our next steps. The hoped for output from this exercise will be development of a laser-like focus on what is important, while ignoring all the noise.
January 12, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
Members of the new Congress and administration have expressed a strong desire to “reform” Medicaid, although specifics are quite scarce. An effort will be made to change Medicaid to some type of fixed federal payment.
December 13, 2016 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
This year has been one of great tumult—home-based terrorism, disconcerting race relations and an extremely divisive election. Hence, we look forward to these holidays as a period of essential relief from our everyday worries and woes.