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?
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 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.
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.
March 30, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
Epilepsy should be of great concern to the behavioral health field. The rate of serious mental illness among persons with epilepsy, about 12%, is three to four times the overall rate in the U.S. population.
March 17, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
Many people have come forth to reveal that the Affordable Care Act saved their lives. All of this has raised questions about the early death of persons with mental health, substance use, and intellectual development and disability conditions.
March 7, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
Six words sum up the House bill released by Republicans last evening in their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. A quick review suggests the insured population would fall; health insurance benefits would deteriorate; and costs would escalate.
March 3, 2017 Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
First, we came to understand the key role played by personal health literacy. Then, we added health activation. Now, we are opening chapter three of this trinity—self-management. This often is referred to as self-direction in behavioral health.