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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.