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The Smile: Trading lives for premium rebates and tax reductions

June 22, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

On Thursday, the Senate released its healthcare bill. The shroud hiding the underlying calculus has disappeared like the smiling Cheshire cat of yore. All that remains is the smile.

The least you need to know about the Senate healthcare bill

June 22, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Whether the Senate version of health reform policy that was released as a draft today is a viable option will be decided by Congress as early as next week. Here is the least you need to know.

What is our clinical responsibility for suicide?

June 19, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

A young woman was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after texting her boyfriend encouragement to commit suicide. Certainly, the case has legal implications, but are there psychiatric ones?

Interjurisdictional telebehavioral practice is on the horizon

June 14, 2017     Marlene Maheu

Healthcare providers across behavioral and related disciplines have long seen licensure as a barrier to telehealth growth. Practitioners are seeking to not only develop their specialty niche but to make themselves available to more patients.

A criminal justice service sector is emerging

June 8, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Today, our traditional four-sector service structure for behavioral health care is undergoing radical change. A criminal justice sector is emerging as a new fifth sector of care.

Consider anger in society and psychiatry

May 30, 2017    

Healthy anger is proportional and responsive to a real and persistent need. It can be a powerful component of human survival and adaptation.

'Cruelty wrapped in a lie'

May 29, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

I am outraged, simply outraged, by the administration’s proposed federal budget for 2018, released earlier this week. I believe that you are too.

What will stop patient brokering?

May 26, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

We know catching the bad guy is too little too late—the patient has already been hurt by then. Maybe the real investment should be in educating the public with an unprecedented campaign.

Defeating the legislative tsunami engulfing health reform

May 22, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

I recall not a single time in my entire career when behavioral healthcare, and healthcare in general, have been under greater siege than at present.

4 questions we should be asking the White House

May 15, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

President Trump and HHS Secretary Tom Price have identified three excellent priorities—childhood obesity, mental illness and the opioid epidemic—but their actions seem to be counterproductive. What do you think?

The US Senate can improve health reform

May 12, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

The behavioral health community is dismayed by the recent vote in the House to approve the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We hope that considerably more reasonable decisions will prevail in the Senate.

May we address our own mental health

May 8, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It's been designated as such since 1949 by Mental Health America. The overall goal has been to convey that mental health is something that everybody in America should care about.

Will you join us in this Herculean effort?

May 1, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Federal officials are choosing deliberately to make it more difficult and more costly for those with pre-existing conditions, those with disabilities, and those who are older to access necessary healthcare. We must work immediately to defeat AHCA.

The least you need to know about McCance-Katz

April 25, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

President Trump nominated psychiatrist Elinore McCance-Katz for a new assistant secretary position, but some wonder if she will transform SAMHSA's accountability as envisioned.

Addiction is still a bipartisan issue

April 20, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

I am reassured that addiction remains a bipartisan issue, which is vitally important in our national dialogue today.

What peers have wrought

April 19, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Peers who have endured the sting and burden of a major mental illness or a severe substance use condition have made remarkable contributions to our field that we must not take for granted.

Why you need to be concerned about the next drug czar

April 12, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Behavioral healthcare stakeholders might have a reason to drop what they’re doing—right now—and get on the phone to anyone in Washington who will listen.

Preserving our moral values in healthcare reform

April 6, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Most Americans that I know do want us to be a moral society that protects those who are vulnerable, those who are disabled, and those who are old. That is who we are. That is who we want to be.

Revitalize strategy and business planning for population health in a time of uncertainty

April 6, 2017     Patrick Gauthier

With the failure of the GOP health policy proposal, we are left not knowing what exactly the healthcare landscape will look like in Trump’s presidency. But, we can still be sure it will change.

Why we need art therapies

April 5, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

Arts therapies can help us to reach patients with schizophrenia, PTSD, TBI and others who need a different way of more comfortably "talking."

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