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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.

Appreciate clinical staff on National Doctors’ Day

March 23, 2018     H. Steven Moffic

In this era of increasing burnout among psychiatrists, psychologists and other behavioral health providers, we must think of ways to improve the system of care to enhance wellness for all.

Workforce funds aim to cover clinician training and loan forgiveness

March 21, 2018     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

New training grants and a loan repayment program seem to signal that Washington is at last acknowledging the workforce shortage among addiction treatment providers.

The least you need to know about Trump’s opioid plan

March 19, 2018     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

On Monday, the White House rolled out its plan to address the opioid crisis, including a controversial call for harsher criminal justice policies as well as support for evidence-based treatment.

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.

The White House opioid summit provides optimism

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.

3 ways Generation Z will change healthcare

February 28, 2018     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are providing a remarkable glimpse into Generation Z, a population that could create enormous policy changes for healthcare in the coming years.

Call to national action to respond to the Parkland 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.

Urgent actions needed on the opioid quandary

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.

Only higher wages will solve workforce woes

February 21, 2018     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

In order to fortify the behavioral health workforce, industry leaders must find a way to funnel more money toward payroll. The options include tougher payer negotiations and expansion of CCBHCs.

Black History Month inspires improvements in behavioral healthcare

February 20, 2018     H. Steven Moffic

February is Black History month. The history of American psychiatry and Black Americans should give us renewed inspiration to reduce disparities in behavioral healthcare.

The least you need to know about ARCOS

February 14, 2018     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The DEA has launched an addition to its ARCOS tool. Now, drug manufacturers and distributors will be able to view more data in order to look for potential diversion of controlled substances.

Fostering a full life for seniors

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.

Solutions for patient burnout are emerging

February 6, 2018     H. Steven Moffic

Recovery emphasizes addressing the concerns of the patient, and resilience is the increased personal strength that can come out of the recovery process.

Why your sexual harassment training isn’t nearly enough

January 31, 2018     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

When I consider the idea of prevention—not unlike the prevention efforts we rally around for addiction or suicide—I think about how we must do better, insisting that men/boys come to understand the impact sexual harassment has.

Debunk caricatures of behavioral healthcare

January 26, 2018     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

An estimated one-third to one-half of persons with disability also experience a comorbid mental health condition, typically depression. And we must challenge the assumptions about this population.

Trump proposal threatens future of ONDCP

January 19, 2018     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Previous attempts by the Trump administration to cut funding for ONDCP were met with resistance and ultimately were abandoned. If the current proposal moves forward, stakeholders are concerned that HIDTA and other initiatives would get lost.

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.

Productive group process under the microscope in the workplace

January 8, 2018     H. Steven Moffic

There has been a lot of speculation about the mental health of President Donald Trump. That discussion has intensified once again with the publication of “Fire and Fury.”