A Call to Action: We Must Strengthen America’s Mental Health Workforce
The following blog first ran on Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy Blog. We are a nation in crisis. Drug overdoses claimed 72,000 lives in 2017. Suicide rates continue to climb. Life expectancy is on target to drop for a third straight year — something that hasn’t happened in this country since the Spanish flu […]
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Strengthening the Safety Net: Bolstering Community Services for All
We need a new type of health facility, one which will return mental health care to the mainstream of American medicine, and at the same time upgrade mental health services. – President John F. Kennedy Now, more than ever – with drug overdoses skyrocketing, suicide deaths increasing and life expectancy continuing to decline – we […]
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Do You Want Fries with That Prescription?
The last time I took my grandson through the drive-through at Burger King, I found myself wondering whether the young woman who took our order might prefer working in our field. We are always looking to bolster our workforce, which is shrinking and rapidly aging. But I quickly realized there was one very good reason […]
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From 2017 to 2018…
Asked to write a column for Mental Health Weekly’s Special Preview Issue, it was a chance to connect with Mental Health Weekly’s audience and then to share the piece as my first blog for 2018. But limited by space in both the column and blog forced choices on the focus of content. There are so […]
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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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Six Weeks until a New World Order
Tick tock. Six weeks to go until State Planning Grant applications are due for states to move forward with Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, and, I believe, six weeks until we enter a New World Order for specialty behavioral health care. When the National Council crowd sourced and then promoted the concept of Centers […]
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A Do-Something Congress
This editorial originally appeared in Roll Call. As this lame-duck Congress limps to the end of its tenure, pundits are shouting about its ineffectiveness. The 113th Congress passed fewer laws than any Congress in 60 years. With control of the government still divided along party lines, many see little hope the next Congress will be […]
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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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A Bipartisan Holiday Success: Excellence in Mental Health Act
These days, it doesn’t seem like lawmakers agree on much. But last week, members of an influential Senate committee took an important vote on the critical Excellence in Mental Health Act, which would expand Americans’ access to mental health and addiction treatment.
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