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Ohio committee aims for safe marijuana policy

October 11, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Ohio is now one of 26 states to legalize medical marijuana, and advocates say one priority is to ensure the state protects the community.

New law will expand mental health services for low-income Californians

October 11, 2016  |  Kaiser Health News

California Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed a law allowing federally funded health centers and rural clinics to bill Medi-Cal for the services of licensed marriage and family therapists.

Children’s mental health agencies missing opportunities

September 26, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

A study of state children’s mental agency directors finds inadequate structures and poor organization are inhibiting the ability to improve care.

Some states fund comparatively low percentage of buprenorphine costs

September 22, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Advocates for Opioid Recovery recommends that governors investigate how their state Medicaid programs are covering opioid recovery treatment.

4 steps to prepare for HIE participation

September 16, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

HIEs can help providers offer a higher quality of care that reflects well in a value-based payment model, but significant groundwork must be completed before participating.

Election 2016: Assess the vice presidential candidates

September 7, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

A look into the political records of vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence offers a glimpse into their stances on key healthcare issues.

New association offers compliance resources

September 1, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The Los Angeles-based American Addiction Treatment Association aims to help treatment center operators navigate the legal landscape as the market transforms.

Clinicians can now access Pennsylvania PDMP

August 26, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Pennsylvania launched its newly designed PDMP on Thursday, now with oversight by the health department and access granted to clinicians and pharmacists, who by law must use the database in everyday practice.

New state forums drive stakeholder solutions

August 12, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

The National Council for Behavioral Health has launched the Behavioral Health + Economics Network, an initiative to foster communication between stakeholders in the mental health sector and bring about policy change.

FACT FILE: Drug court expansion

August 5, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

The overall number of U.S. drug courts surpassed 3,000 in 2014, with adult drug courts and DUI courts proving particularly effective in reducing recidivism.

Navigate the naloxone economy

August 2, 2016  |  Brian Albright

Simpler delivery mechanisms are making it easier for laypeople to administer naloxone in an emergency, but pricing of the medicine varies widely.

N.Y. Dept. of Financial Services issues guidance on health insurance parity

July 28, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

The New York Department of Financial Services on Wednesday issued a letter of guidance to ensure health insurers comply with mental health parity standards. 


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