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Salute to four courageous senators

July 18, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

A handful of Republican senators stood up for the American people and derailed health reform legislation proposed by the GOP leadership that can only be characterized as possibly the worst legislation in more than a century.

Honor veterans through accessible healthcare and services

July 12, 2017     Patrick Gauthier

With uncertainty looming over the future of the nation's healthcare, there are steps providers can take to meet the needs of veterans.

7 interesting things about Florida’s marketing application and why it matters to everyone

July 5, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Florida's new license application for addiction-treatment marketing-service providers appears to be pretty thorough. See what you think.

How Florida is setting a precedent for ethics

June 30, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Florida is now setting a precedent for other states with Gov. Rick Scott signing a comprehensive bill this week that will aim to reduce unethical practices in the addiction treatment business.

Journey toward recovery in Georgia

June 29, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Georgia has one of 10 state policy academies being conducted by the Center for Social Innovation, as part of its work with SAMHSA. Each of these policy academies seeks to plan a recovery-oriented state system.

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.

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