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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.

 

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.

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

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