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.
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.
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.
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.