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Hyde, Sebelius: No health without behavioral health

September 23, 2010
by Lindsay Barba
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Last week, in anticipation of the six-month anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sat down to discuss the Act’s effects on behavioral healthcare.

Hyde praised the Act, pointing out that its requirements will finally promote the inclusion of behavioral health in the total healthcare system—rather than it continue to be seen as something separate or different.

Sebelius agreed, saying that the HHS response to this summer’s Gulf Oil Spill proved just that, as mental health topped its list of critical health concerns.

To find out other ways in which the Affordable Care Act will impact behavioral healthcare in the short and long term, see what Hyde and Sebelius have to say in the video below.



As an addictions therapist I am still amazed at the pitiful reimbursement rates for addiction services from the major insurance players in Michigan. Please place me on a mailing list to receive updates to changes in behavioral health coverage and legislation. This could be done through the westbrookrecovery.com website or to Clyde@westbrookrecovery.com.

Lindsay Barba


Lindsay Barba was associate editor of Behavioral Healthcare from 2009 to 2010.

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