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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...

What if we treat drug overdoses like suicide attempts?

September 21, 2017     Patrick Gauthier

If we could take the best parts of successful civil commitment—immediate treatment, coordinated care and discharge planning—perhaps this may be another way to prevent future drug overdoses.

Oppose the Graham-Cassidy health reform bill

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

Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on their latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act before the end of the month, and the effects of this latest proposal would be every bit as devastating as its shipwrecked predecessors.

Watch for our nation's post-traumatic reactions

September 18, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

Post-traumatic stress disorders of all kinds are likely to be common in those whose lives were directly affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as for us as clinicians.

NARMH conference tackles the basics

September 10, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

The National Association for Rural Mental Health conference examined: the plight of our rural veterans; homelessness in rural America, particularly for persons with behavioral health conditions; and the crisis in our rural behavioral health workforce.

Model continuum of care for adults with serious mental illness

August 30, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Earlier this week, the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services convened about two dozen representatives from the field to provide advice to the agency on the development of a model continuum of care for adults with serious mental illness.

Put some context around ACA numbers

August 25, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

As lawmakers seek to stabilize the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces, the political rhetoric should be viewed in context.

Don’t let burnout become a total eclipse of the wonders of our work

August 23, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

For the brief eclipse of the sun, the moon was the causative factor. For us at work, it is mainly the systems we work in that disempower us in our quest for healing and impede our light.

Positive health determinants as vaccination and remedy

August 23, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Positive health determinants include factors such as nurturing families for children, social inclusion for adults, job and pay equity, and clean living spaces, among others. In summary: Your zip code is predictive of your health status and your length of life.

Defeating the diseases of despair

August 10, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Although small in comparison within the overall U.S. death rate, deaths due to “diseases of despair” currently are growing, with opioid-related deaths  spiking considerably.

Trump, HHS believe we already have what we need to address opioid crisis

August 9, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The Department of Health and Human Services basically told America that Trump is not planning to follow the urgent recommendation to declare a national state of emergency for the opioid crisis.

Debunk the Senate ruse

July 26, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

The clock is ticking on the 20 hour Senate “debate” on healthcare reform, and nothing good will emerge from this process. Hence, the desired outcome that we must embrace is that no agreement be reached.

Race matters in psychiatry

July 25, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

Though we have improved in recent decades, Black Americans still are subject to being diagnosed erroneously, and still are underserved with certain treatment modalities like psychotherapy.

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.

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