Unite for Behavioral Health: Medicaid is not a partisan issue, it is a human issue
There is a new administration in town, a new dynamic in Congress and we’re all wondering what lies ahead for health care. In a recent op-ed, New York Times columnist David Brooks called on us to move past our individual causes. “Identity politics is too small for this moment,” Brooks wrote. Brooks said of Trump’s […]
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I love this quote from Hillel the Elder, one of the most important figures in Jewish history, because I often find myself asking, “If not us, who? If not now, when?” as I think about the National Council’s role in ensuring access to effective care for people with addictions and mental illnesses and in supporting […]
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My List of 2016 Priorities
I recently sat down with Julie Miller, Editor in Chief of Behavioral Healthcare Magazine, to talk about what’s coming in 2016. Read more in this article in Behavioral Healthcare.
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Hiding Behind HIPAA
It’s natural for someone who cares deeply about an issue to be zealous. But some have taken the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to extremes. HIPAA, as it’s known, is the federal law that – among other things – guarantees medical privacy. In a continuing care retirement community, Helen Wyvill, 72, tried to find […]
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Asylum or Warehouse?
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel has mastered the art of controversy. In a recent piece, Why I Hope to Die at 75, he talks about his plan to eschew regular prostate screenings, colonoscopies, even the flu shot, and to accept only palliative treatment, but not curative treatment for diseases, he may acquire, like emphysema or cancer. The […]
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Suicide Is Not Chosen
The death rates for eight of the 10 leading causes of death have decreased significantly, but not for the tenth leading cause — suicide. The national suicide rate has increased to 12.6 suicide deaths per 100,000 and for ages 18 to 35 — the prime of one’s life — only unintentional injuries account for more […]
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How is a McDonalds different from a Bill Introduced in Congress?
HOW IS A MCDONALDS DIFFERENT FROM A BILL INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS? Less different than you might expect. There are 14,127 McDonalds in the U.S. — and about that many bills introduced during each two-year session of Congress. Our nation’s 14,000 McDonalds are extremely efficient at their job, dishing out more than 75 hamburgers worldwide per second. Congress, on the other hand, passed only 65 bills in 2013. One was the Excellence in Mental Health Act.
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Investing in addiction treatment is good policy
Just as this nation launched national campaigns to promote seat-belts and reduce smoking, we need a sustained, comprehensive effort to make treatment available to all who need it. I urge policymakers in Washington to support the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program. Let’s turn the tide together.
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Furthering President Kennedy’s Vision: An Interview with Patrick Kennedy
As we mark the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s signing of the landmark Community Mental Health Act of 1963, Patrick Kennedy, behavioral health’s great champion, has launched The Kennedy Forum to honor the legacy of his uncle and to create a national conversation that will advance the work President Kennedy began. I am privileged to […]
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