No Ordinary Time
Join Linda Rosenberg at 8:30 am PT in room WSCC 4AB as she rallies the behavioral healthcare field to action in the way only she can!
No Ordinary Time
Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO
National Council for Behavioral Health
In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “This is no ordinary time.”
We won an important battle when the American Healthcare Act couldn’t even muster enough votes to pass the House. But the war is far from over.
We have made extraordinary gains the past eight years.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded health coverage and promoted the integration of mind and body. The Medicaid expansion alone provided 1.3 million low-income people with access to treatment for addictions and mental illnesses—and was applauded on both sides of the aisle.
Passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act offered a pathway to equality in the safety net.
And the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act authorized more than $180 million a year to fight the opioid epidemic.
Perhaps most important, despite daunting fiscal and regulatory barriers, you’ve worked hard to be better leaders, to create better places to work and to become better partners to your patients. And people everywhere – young and old, famous and not – are telling their stories of recovery.
Yet now we have a president who is willing to let our gains “explode.” We have a Congress that thought it was a good idea to slash Medicaid spending and reward the wealthy in this country with a huge tax break. We have 24 million Americans who would have lost their healthcare coverage if you hadn’t written and called and showed up in person to say, “not so fast.”
Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel said, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice … but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
Together, we protested the American Healthcare Act and we prevented injustice, but we can’t stop now.
We have to ensure that the ACA is strengthened and improved.
We need Certified Community Behavioral Healthcare Clinics throughout the country.
We must partner with primary care, with hospitals and insurers, and with technology developers.
Whether you’ve come to NatCon 17 or are following us online or through social media, there is much you can do.
Bookmark the National Council’s Unite4BH page and visit often. Use the op-eds, letters, and scripts to keep the pressure on Congress to continue to do the right thing. If you are with us in Seattle, you can do that from your conference app – just tap the “write your legislator” icon and enter your address.
Come to Hill Day, October 2–3 in Washington, DC. Bring your colleagues, your patients and their families, and your friends as the National Council and 14 other national mental health and addiction organizations “take the Hill.”
And keep visiting NatCon Today for more ideas throughout the conference.
We don’t know what this Administration will do next. But we know what the National Council will do next.
We are in this for the long haul.
Our true north is quality care for the people who need it most.
It is our right and our responsibility, as behavioral health care leaders and as citizens, to question any bill or executive order that could hurt the millions of Americans living with mental illnesses and addictions.
In the words of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, “The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on.”
Please join the National Council in the fight to keep the dream alive.