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Addressing the crisis in older adult mental health

May 17, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

We can predict that by 2060, more than 20 million seniors will be in need of some form of behavioral health services. Yet, at present, behavioral health services for seniors are at best an afterthought. Little or no focus exists on this issue in our key federal agencies.  

Restore our core values in election '18

May 11, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

2018 elections will present an exceptional opportunity for us to change the course of our national government. Clearly, we want this new course to reflect our shared values rooted fundamentally in social justice and human concerns.

 

Community: Problem source and solution beneficiary

April 26, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Clearly, we must continue or work on resiliency and recovery. But, we also must do much more. We want to foster communities in which members have good health and wellbeing, which are safe and secure, and which are prosperous.

The rural conundrum turns critical

April 13, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Rural communities are approaching a perfect storm with a major farm crisis looming and an aging population. Opioid and other drug problems also continue to escalate, and many rural communities face frequent and tragic overdose deaths.

Address the emerging SMI and opioid crisis

April 2, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

A new, more complex health problem is emerging for persons who have serious mental illness in that a large and growing proportion of these individuals also use or are dependent upon opioids.

Heal the gulf between our two Americas

March 15, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Numerous potential flash points exist between our two Americas: income and job security, communities and education, guns and violence, immigrants and minorities, government’s role, to name just a few.

The White House opioid summit provides optimism

March 2, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to participate in the White House Opioid Summit held in the East Room. This event represented the very first time that the administration has described its strategy for addressing the opioid tragedy.

Call to national action to respond to the Parkland tragedy

February 23, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

As leaders of behavioral health programs, we all call on our national leaders to begin with us a road to recovery from the Parkland tragedy. We grieve for the families. They also deserve our action to identify and implement solutions.

Urgent actions needed on the opioid quandary

February 22, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

We must come to grips with the lethal opioid epidemic, not just by bringing good intentions, but through positive actions that produce life-saving results. We must be open to whatever steps actually work.

Fostering a full life for seniors

February 9, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

The growth of our population of seniors continues at an accelerating pace. Demographers tell us that this trend will continue for the next decade, soon about 1 in 5 of all Americans will be age 65 and older.

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Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of County...

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