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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.