November 19, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
Incarceration of those with mental health, substance use, and, more recently, ID/DD conditions has grown dramatically during the past decade. Tonight, just a few days before Thanksgiving, our city and county jails will house about 731,000 persons.
November 9, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
This week’s 2017 National Meeting of the American Public Health Association featured almost a dozen sessions on today’s opioid crisis. My commentary today seeks to provide an overview of where we currently stand in our national efforts to address this profound tragedy.
October 12, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
Recent discussions by members of Congress and the Trump administration again have raised the specter of Medicare “reform." Although they lack key details, these talks seem to have two consistent threads: a private locus for program operations and a variable insurance benefit structure.
September 22, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
The Avalere estimate indicates Graham-Cassidy would take $4.2 trillion out of health by 2036. Virtually all states would experience dramatic federal funding reductions due the progressive, negative impact of the Medicaid per capita caps starting in 2020 and the end of the ACA block grants in 2026.
September 18, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on their latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act before the end of the month, and the effects of this latest proposal would be every bit as devastating as its shipwrecked predecessors.
September 10, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
The National Association for Rural Mental Health conference examined: the plight of our rural veterans; homelessness in rural America, particularly for persons with behavioral health conditions; and the crisis in our rural behavioral health workforce.
August 30, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
Earlier this week, the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services convened about two dozen representatives from the field to provide advice to the agency on the development of a model continuum of care for adults with serious mental illness.
August 23, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
Positive health determinants include factors such as nurturing families for children, social inclusion for adults, job and pay equity, and clean living spaces, among others. In summary: Your zip code is predictive of your health status and your length of life.