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Katiri Zuluaga

Manager, State Initiatives

National Council to Co-Host Congressional Briefing on Opioid Epidemic and Medicaid

September 28, 2017 | Medicaid | Opioid and Heroin Epidemic | Comments
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On Tuesday October 3rd, the National Council will co-host a congressional staff briefing in conjunction with Hill Day 2017. The briefing – sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) – will highlight the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation and Peg’s Foundation’s  Spring Paper Series: a series of research papers focusing on critical topics like the nation’s opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform and Medicaid behavioral health policies.

The paper series, collaboratively written and released by Scattergood Foundation and Peg’s Foundation in 2017, provides detailed research and policy considerations on many pressing topics. The six papers available to download include:

  • Behavioral Health and the Individual Health Insurance Market: Preserving Key Elements of Reform
  • Fentanyl and the Evolving Opioid Epidemic: What Strategies Should Policymakers Consider?
  • The Current Medicaid Policy Debate and Implications for Behavioral Healthcare in the United States
  • Improving Outcomes for People with Serious Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders in Contact with the Criminal Justice System
  • Coordinated Specialty Care for First-Episode Psychosis: An Example of Financing for Specialty Programs
  • Suicide Is a Significant Health Problem

Dr. Colleen Barry of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health will discuss her paper on suggested policies to address the rise of fentanyl and the opioid epidemic. Dr. Barry will also present on the intersection of mental illness, substance use disorders and the criminal justice system. Dr. Rachel Garfield and Dr. Julia Zur from The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation will breakdown key elements of their research on current Medicaid debates, impacts on behavioral health care and discuss the individual health insurance market.

The briefing will be moderated by Rich Leclerc, former CEO of Gateway Health and Board Member of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and will feature introductions by Rick Kellar, President of Peg’s Foundation and Joe Pyle, President of Scattergood Foundation.

Want to learn more? Download The Spring Paper Series here.