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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.”

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.

7 predictions for an unpredictable new year

December 21, 2017     Patrick Gauthier

Politically, economically and legislatively, 2017 was a tumultuous year. Our predictions for the 2018 healthcare market and some practical recommendations for action are described below.

Maybe some words should be banned from CDC use

December 19, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

There are words that addiction professionals agree should be banned from the lexicon of healthcare stakeholders. In light of the CDC uproar, we have a renewed opportunity to again advocate for a ban on stigmatizing words.

After 5 years, we’re still processing the Sandy Hook tragedy

December 13, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

We should remind all that the long-term impact is not always negative, but also that post-traumatic psychological growth can occur with enough ongoing emotional support and therapeutic resources.

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. 

How to counteract media bias against treatment centers

November 22, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Mainstream media tends to be biased against providers, painting a grim picture of profiteering and exploitation. But Addiction Campuses found that some outlets are open to the real story of recovery.

Should we be thankful for digital Abilify?

November 21, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

Knowing that the patient is taking the medication may help to determine potential problematic side effects. Of course, this Abilify product with its sensor system could fail at times, misleading all those involved.

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.

The least you need to know about HHS nominee Azar

November 13, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

President Donald Trump is nominating Alex Azar as his choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Here is the least you need to know about the nominee.

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.

Google policy is a work in progress

November 8, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Ever since Google changed its policy on AdWords for addiction services, the treatment industry has wrestled with mixed feelings. However, it's important to remember that the policy is still evolving. 

Create a new oath for behavioral healthcare organizations

October 31, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

If we continue to burnout, our patients suffer worse quality of care. When we are burning out, we are exhausted, relate less well, and are prone to more mistakes.

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.

Should our staff have spa days?

October 16, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

Given the enormous stress of working in disaster relief and the compassion fatigue that can ensue, couldn’t taking care of the caregivers actually help in the long run?

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...

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