ONGOING Webinar series: National health reform and behavioral health
Sept. 8, 2010, the first in a series of 12 webinars hosted by ACMHA "focused on the new health reform legislation and what it means for behavioral health." Sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. To register for September 8, 2010, "Overview of National Health Reform, Ron Manderscheid," click here. To view the entire series, click here.... []
Coordinating linkage of Insurance Exchanges and Medicaid
Manderscheid.jpg Of the 32 million adults who stand to benefit from the new coverage they will receive from the Affordable Care Act, about one-third have a mental illness or substance use disorder. Ron Manderscheid, noted expert in this area, explains how the ACA will implement Health Exchanges to coordinate with Medicaid by working with states for enrollment. []
. . .from the APHA, Nov. 5-7
by Phyllis Vine
The American Public Health Association annual meeting in Washington, DC, has a number of events discussing a range of issues from Monday's session on empowering consumers in mental health treatments to disaster preparedness, school based reforms. Read summaries of selected sessions, including Dr. Ron Manderscheid's presentation about PTSD and returning vets.

Priorities for national reform, writes Ron Manderscheid
Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, of NACBHDD writes about "Implementing Service Improvements for Adults with Serious Mental Illness" On November 12 and 13, I served as convener and host for a major national meeting in Washington, D.C., designed to identify, build consensus, and prioritize needed improvements in services for adults with serious mental illness. The meeting, "National Action Meeting on Fostering System Reform for Adults with Serious Mental Illness", was convened because National Health Reform will provide a unique opportunity... []
Q & A with Ron Manderscheid: agenda for reform

Dr. Ron Manderscheid, a national leader in policy and research about mental health and substance use care, discusses goal of the Whole Health Campaign with MIWatch. []
Passing health reform energizes advocates
Historic, jubilant, transformative were among the adjectives enunciated in the on-going celebrations of Sunday's historic pass of health reform in America. Recalling his mother who battled insurance companies on her deathbed, Pres. Barack Obama said passing this law represents the "core principles that everybody should have security." . . []
Q & A with Bill Emmet: Mandating health reform
by Phyllis Vine
Picture%204.pngA coalition of advocates launched the Whole Health Campaign to remind presidential hopefuls that health reform is incomplete without including mental health and substance abuse in the calculus. In a conversation with MIWatch, Bill Emmet discusses this necessity.

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Sept. 19-24: SAMHSA's National Wellness Week will hold local events to talk and learn about wellness strategies. Part of the 10 x 10 campaign to reduce the gap in life expectancy by promoting health. []

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