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The least you need to know about the parity task force report

October 28, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The federal parity task force issued its recommendations this week, calling for better support to implement and enforce the laws.

Taking much-needed action on parity

October 28, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

We salute President Obama for convening the task force, the task force itself for producing a very well-reasoned action report in a very short period of time, and the Kennedy Forum for serving as the clarion voice of advocacy.

Half of America has election anxiety, but we can offer help

October 26, 2016     H. Steven Moffic

I decided to do a little of my own research and also ask colleagues for their opinions on the profound anxiety surrounding election season. Putting that all together, here is what I found out.

Take a population health approach to violence

October 24, 2016     Patrick Gauthier

As police officers continue to respond to people experiencing mental health crises, it is imperative that service providers work with law enforcement officials in a population health approach to crime. 

New York might be setting the parity precedent

October 21, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Treatment centers nationwide would be well advised to study New York’s model because we might ultimately see the federal government tell every state to follow its example.

Assessing candidates for decision 2016

October 16, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

This election not only will determine who will become our next president, but also who will represent us in the Senate and House of the U.S. Congress, as well as in our state, county, and city offices. All of these officials will play important roles in setting our future course.

Safe Harbor leverages telepsychiatry

October 12, 2016     Jonathan Evans

With a knowledge base gleaned from operating not-for-profit community mental health centers, Safe Harbor formed a for-profit telepsychiatry business.

The least you need to know about MACRA

October 4, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Last year, the president signed the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which creates a new payment model for seasoned Medicare providers. Final rules are expected on November 1.

Prepare for dramatic growth in the elderly population

October 3, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Between 2010 and 2030, unprecedented growth will occur in the elderly, age 65 and over population of the United States. About 5.3 million elderly persons will have a substance use condition, compared with 3 million elderly persons today. We must prepare now.

The least you need to know about the federal stop-gap funding bill

September 29, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

On Wednesday, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution that keeps the federal government operating and also includes $7 million in brand-new funding for CARA.

Reaction to music indicates empathy

September 22, 2016     H. Steven Moffic

The ability to feel another's pain, to take a step back from that, be concerned, and put into play efficacious therapeutic processes is a desirable trait among staff. Yet, hasn't it always been a challenge to find that out before hiring someone?

Fostering equity for all Americans

September 19, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

The national elections of 2016 are bringing the problems of inequity in American society into exceptional relief. Lessons from seminal conference held last week at Washington University can help each of us address the actions we must take.

Key domestic challenges for our next president

September 8, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Major issues exist in the economic insecurity of working class Americans; in the engagement of our children and persons with disabilities in our criminal justice system; and in the inability of our major political institutions to function effectively, to name just a few.

Should we reach out to American Muslims on 9/11?

September 8, 2016     H. Steven Moffic

Most anyone in the mental health field can anticipate the potential problem and conflict: a joyous Muslim holiday coinciding with an American tragedy that is associated with the actions of some Muslim extremists.

Why insurance hassles are only going to get worse

September 7, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Here's yet another reason why you need to keep excellent documentation and thoroughly understand what's in your insurance contracts.

The least you need to know about Clinton’s mental health policy

August 30, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Hillary Clinton released a mental health policy proposal Monday that includes a few noteworthy investments, such as the expansion of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic program.

Follow the money in behavioral healthcare

August 30, 2016     Ed Jones, PhD

Private equity investors are putting a great deal of time, effort and money into figuring out how to transform the behavioral healthcare industry, and our industry leaders must match that, in terms of time and effort, if not money.

Hillary Clinton offers excellent mental health policy proposals

August 30, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Hillary Clinton stated categorically that mental health will be a top priority of her administration. She also stated categorically that she will convene a White House Conference on Mental Health during her first year in office. We could not ask for more.

Last chance to pass mental health reform?

August 28, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Just as the shimmering sunlight of summer is quickly waning away, so too is the stellar opportunity we have to pass national mental health reform legislation this year.

The emerging business model for behavioral healthcare

August 15, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

We continue to transition away from the familiar of the past half-century toward the less-known service environment of today. And new organizational arrangements are beginning to alter the business landscape of behavioral healthcare.