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 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.
The MHA report notes that 18% of adults nationally have a mental health condition, and about half of them have a concurrent substance use disorder. Half of those with mental health disorders go without treatment.
King County, Wash., is offering addiction and mental health providers financial incentives for building systems to offer rapid access to care. The target is zero to one days, and the goal is to have 85% of patients covered in that range.