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.
March 2, 2018 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
On Thursday, I had the opportunity to participate in the White House Opioid Summit held in the East Room. This event represented the very first time that the administration has described its strategy for addressing the opioid tragedy.
February 23, 2018 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
As leaders of behavioral health programs, we all call on our national leaders to begin with us a road to recovery from the Parkland tragedy. We grieve for the families. They also deserve our action to identify and implement solutions.
February 22, 2018 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
We must come to grips with the lethal opioid epidemic, not just by bringing good intentions, but through positive actions that produce life-saving results. We must be open to whatever steps actually work.
February 9, 2018 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
The growth of our population of seniors continues at an accelerating pace. Demographers tell us that this trend will continue for the next decade, soon about 1 in 5 of all Americans will be age 65 and older.
When I consider the idea of prevention—not unlike the prevention efforts we rally around for addiction or suicide—I think about how we must do better, insisting that men/boys come to understand the impact sexual harassment has.
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.
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.