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5 essential healthcare policy questions for candidates

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

As Election Day approaches, knowing where candidates stand on critical issues impacting our capacity to deliver care in the future is critical.

 

NARMH conference calls attention to behavioral healthcare availability in rural areas

August 27, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

New Orleans never disappoints and neither does the National Association for Rural Mental Health annual summer conference. When the two came together this past weekend, the effect was electric.

Next steps on the depression-opioid problem

August 13, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Likely, the connection between depression and opioid use is so obvious that no one acts upon it or even talks about it. Yet, the consequences frequently are quite deadly. The issue: The failure to link depression treatment with opioid treatment.

Single-payer and single-measure – but not single-price – a winning combo

July 27, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

If we are to enjoy the benefits of a single-payer system without falling into the trap of a single-price system, we also must develop a single-measure system.

Celebrating a decade of the Parity Act

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

October will mark the 10th anniversary of the enactment of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The road to its implementation has been rocky, but ultimately worthwhile.

Transform our shock into action

June 12, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, combined with alarming new statistics on suicide rates in the U.S., show it is time to reassess our suicide prevention strategies.

Taking on our workforce crisis

June 7, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

No more important topic surrounds us than the crisis in the availability of well-trained providers. Our baby boomers are retiring, and too few millennials are joining us. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine supplement could not come at a more opportune time.

Is treating depression the answer to solving the opioid crisis?

May 23, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Is treating depression the answer to solving the opioid crisis? These deliberations were held as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, hosted by Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Co-Chairs of the House Mental Health Caucus.

 

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.

 

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

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