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New York might be setting the parity precedent

October 21, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Treatment centers nationwide would be well advised to study New York’s model because we might ultimately see the federal government tell every state to follow its example.

Fentanyl, carfentanil prompt higher naloxone dosage

October 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Two expert panels have voted to recommend that the FDA increase the minimum dosage of naloxone in the wake of climbing overdose rates involving fentanyl and carfentanil.

Police association pledges mental health first aid training

October 17, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The International Association of Chiefs of Police announced a plan Monday to train 100% of officers and staff on mental health first aid.

Assessing candidates for decision 2016

October 16, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

This election not only will determine who will become our next president, but also who will represent us in the Senate and House of the U.S. Congress, as well as in our state, county, and city offices. All of these officials will play important roles in...

Opioid crisis drives Medicaid policy

October 14, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

In a new survey, Medicaid officials identify a number of state-based efforts they are employing to address the opioid crisis currently as well as plans for the future.

Substance use, mental health issues higher for lesbian, gay or bisexual adults

October 14, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Adults who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual were found to have a higher prevalence of substance abuse and mental health disorders than those in the sexual majority, but were also more likely to receive treatment, according to SAMHSA.

Detailed plan, teamwork helped north Florida center weather storm

October 14, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

Lakeview Health leaders are pleased that a first-ever implementation of components of its disaster response plan went smoother than expected during Hurricane Matthew.

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.

Significant challenges remain in enforcing parity laws

October 5, 2016  |  Jill Sederstrom

Experts remain optimistic about the future of parity, even though the implementation process will be slow to bring significant change to the behavioral healthcare industry.

The least you need to know about MACRA

October 4, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Last year, the president signed the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which creates a new payment model for seasoned Medicare providers. Final rules are expected on November 1.

Prepare for dramatic growth in the elderly population

October 3, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Between 2010 and 2030, unprecedented growth will occur in the elderly, age 65 and over population of the United States. About 5.3 million elderly persons will have a substance use condition, compared with 3 million elderly persons today. We must prepare now....

The least you need to know about the federal stop-gap funding bill

September 29, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

On Wednesday, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution that keeps the federal government operating and also includes $7 million in brand-new funding for CARA.


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