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Incorporating community into our model of well-being and illness

January 11, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Thirty-five years ago, we discovered that well-being and illness are not the two ends of a single continuum. But we now realize that this model is incomplete. To move forward, we need to add a third dimension: community, which unfortunately was neglected.

Best hopes for 2018

December 27, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

The holidays emphasize what we all hold dear: our families, our friends, much gaiety, a shared dinner, gift exchanges, and camaraderie. These are the same values we want to emphasize in our behavioral health community.

Bringing self-determination to our services

December 4, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Self-determination is a powerful and transformational bridging concept. It has great potency to promote personal recovery and independence for large numbers of behavioral healthcare and intellectual development or developmental disabilities (ID/DD) clients. 

Urgent care centers for behavioral health outreach and care activation now emerging

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.

Opioid crisis update from the field

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.

Partnerships between public health and behavioral health move self-management

October 31, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Now, two fields, public health and behavioral health, are beginning to open up the possibilities of working together on population health management.

Administration actions could wreck state insurance marketplaces

October 14, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

The year 2017 has been like no other. In less than six months, the Congress confronted us with four terrible health reform bills. Miraculously, all of these have failed.

Is Medicare 'reform' just a ploy to privatize?

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. 

Shocked into action to defeat Graham-Cassidy

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.

Oppose the Graham-Cassidy health reform bill

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.

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

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