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Critical Issues Forum

Changes and Constants in National Behavioral Health

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Reception at 5:30 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
Boehm Science Building, Room 145


Dr. Ron W. Manderscheid

Executive Director
National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors
& National Association for Rural Mental Health

Ron Maderscheid

Today, many long-term givens for behavioral health are in flux as a consequence of our recent national elections. At the same time, other elements of our field likely will remain constant. This presentation will provide an up-to-date overview of these potential changes and constants.

Most of the potential changes we are likely to confront address how we insure and fund healthcare, including behavioral health. These include the Affordable Care Act, as well as our national Medicaid and Medicare Programs.  How are they likely to change? How should they change?

Most of the likely constants address how care actually is delivered. These include integrated care, prevention and promotion interventions, the culture of well-being, and population health management. How are they likely to remain the same? Should they remain the same?

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Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. The Association represents county and local authorities in Washington, D.C., and provides a national program of technical assistance and support.  Concurrently, he is Executive Director of the National Association for Rural Mental Health and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Manderscheid serves on the boards of the Cosmos Club, the Employee Assistance Research Foundation, the Danya Institute, the FrameWorks Institute, the Council on Quality and Leadership, and the NASMHPD Research Institute. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the Coalition for Whole Health. Previously, he served as the Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs at the Global Health Sector of SRA International and in several federal leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Throughout his career, he has emphasized and promoted peer and family concerns.   

Dr. Manderscheid is a former Member of the Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2020, Past President of the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA) Foundation, Past President of FEIAA, past Chair of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Mental Health Section and a past member of the APHA Governing Council. He has also served previously as the Chairperson of the Sociological Practice Section of the American Sociological Association, as President of the Washington Academy of Sciences and the District of Columbia Sociological Society, and as President of ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership. Recently, he co-edited a new text, Outcome Measurement in the Human Services: Cross-Cutting Issues and Methods in the Era of Health Reform, and contributed to a second new text, Public Mental Health. Previously, he served as principal editor for eight editions of Mental Health, United States. He has also authored numerous scientific and professional publications on services to persons with mental illness and substance use conditions. He serves on the Editorial Board and prepares a periodic blog for Behavioral Healthcare


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