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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.

An urgent call to mental health caregivers to help treat climate concerns

August 9, 2018     H. Steven Moffic

Psychiatrists, and other mental health disciplines, have an ethical principle to address social issues which adversely affect public health and mental health. 

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.

Independence Day a time to reflect for practitioners

July 5, 2018     H. Steven Moffic

There may be no American holiday that is as relevant to psychiatry and behavioral healthcare than the Fourth of July. That may be worth thinking about now and applying to our workplaces.

The least you need to know about the federal takedown

June 29, 2018     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

On Thursday, federal agencies announced their largest ever healthcare fraud enforcement action with 601 defendants charged for alleged fraud totaling an estimated $2 billion. Here’s the least you need to know.

We have an ethical responsibility for immigrant children and families

June 22, 2018     H. Steven Moffic

Even though it is difficult to find out the facts about the separation of immigrant children from their parents along our southwest border, there are certain clinical and ethical principles that we must reaffirm to our colleagues, the public and society.

If there is one suicide sign you shouldn’t ignore, this is it

June 12, 2018     H. Steven Moffic

Improvements in depression or anxiety without an apparent, sound reason can signal internal struggle is still ongoing.

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.

 

The royal wedding maps a road to mental health

May 18, 2018     H. Steven Moffic

If you have paid any attention to the forthcoming royal wedding in England, you’ll see that like many heavily covered public events, it is revealing several important mental healthcare messages.

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.

 

Alcohol misuse still outweighs opioid misuse

May 9, 2018     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The grim statistics on overdose deaths should prompt solutions. However—always being the advocate for the underdog—I hope that in our opioid anxiety, we don’t cheat the programs that support individuals with alcohol use disorders. 

Be aware of the latest fraud schemes

April 27, 2018     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

As prosecutors continue to shut down exploitive sober homes and treatment center operations, new schemes are emerging that you should be aware of.

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.

Learn a lesson from the VA leadership situation

April 26, 2018     H. Steven Moffic

Now that Ronny Jackson has withdrawn from his nomination to head the Department of Veteran Affairs, it may be a conducive time to learn, or re-learn, some of the lessons from the issues that emerged in this situation

The least you need to know about the Senate HELP committee opioid bill

April 24, 2018     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The Senate HELP Committee passed S. 2680 unanimously on Tuesday. Here's the absolute least you need to know.

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.

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