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Urgent actions needed on the opioid quandary

February 22, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

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.

Opioid crisis now $1 trillion problem

February 13, 2018  |  Tom Valentino
article

The opioid epidemic in the United States has cost $1 trillion since 2001 and is on pace to cost another $500 billion by 2020, according to a study released Tuesday by Altarum.

Senators push for prescribing via telemedicine

February 8, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

A bipartisan group of senators is urging the DEA to create an exemption that would allow practitioners to prescribe controlled substances for OUD treatment via telemedicine for patients in rural areas.

RCA launches treatment programs for young adults

January 26, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

The fast-paced programs will be available at two RCA inpatient facilities this month, with a rollout to other RCA locations throughout 2018.

Debunk caricatures of behavioral healthcare

January 26, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

An estimated one-third to one-half of persons with disability also experience a comorbid mental health condition, typically depression. And we must challenge the assumptions about this population.

Incorporating community into our model of well-being and illness

January 11, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Thirty-five years ago, we discovered that well-being and illness are not the two ends of a single continuum. But we now realize that this model is incomplete. To move forward, we need to add a third dimension: community, which unfortunately was neglected.

Telepsychiatry: What to look for in 2018

December 20, 2017  |  Geoffrey Boyce
Perspectives

Telehealth has moved from burgeoning to mainstream and is seen as a viable model for behavioral healthcare. In fact, clinician shortages are catapulting adoption and use of telepsychiatry to address unmet needs.

Caron's new medical center speaks to complex care needs

December 6, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
article

Caron Treatment Centers has established a medical hub on its main campus as it continues to see cases of growing complexity.

Bringing self-determination to our services

December 4, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Self-determination is a powerful and transformational bridging concept. It has great potency to promote personal recovery and independence for large numbers of behavioral healthcare and intellectual development or developmental disabilities (ID/DD) clients. ...

Urgent care centers for behavioral health outreach and care activation now emerging

November 19, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Incarceration of those with mental health, substance use, and, more recently, ID/DD conditions has grown dramatically during the past decade. Tonight, just a few days before Thanksgiving, our city and county jails will house about 731,000 persons.

Opioid crisis update from the field

November 9, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

This week’s 2017 National Meeting of the American Public Health Association featured almost a dozen sessions on today’s opioid crisis. My commentary today seeks to provide an overview of where we currently stand in our national efforts to address this profound...

Partnerships between public health and behavioral health move self-management

October 31, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Now, two fields, public health and behavioral health, are beginning to open up the possibilities of working together on population health management.

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