WHEN IT COMES TO MENTAL HEALTH ….. STRUCTURAL REFORM IS ESSENTIAL
Published Wednesday 08 of May, 2013
If we truly want to improve mental health services in this country, we must go to the root of the problem.
The time has come for fundamental structural reform of our healthcare system itself. In this case, the merger of the medical and mental health parts into one unified health system. One system, one revenue stream, one budget. A unitary health system where coordination of care, across the disciplines, is the hallmark.
What we have now is not a health “system” at all but a disjointed, mishmash of diverse, ... Read all
Previous news entries
What NHMH Stands For
Published Thursday 25 of April, 2013
We stand for:
Ending the neglect of the 80% of behavioral health(BH) patients now going to primary care and receiving little or no behavioral health treatment there;
Addressing why the vast majority (80%) of BH patients in the primary care setting have no access to mental health care: because mental health specialists cannot practice and get paid there, due to our segregate... Read all
Directors Blog - Ending the Sequestration of Mental Health Care - From The Patient Perspective
Published Thursday 11 of April, 2013
Our healthcare system is fragmented in many ways, but perhaps one of the most injurious, to patients, is the way in which mental health services are now separated from patients’ medical care. It’s time to end the sequestration of mental health care.
Let’s review the context, and why this issue is important. There are two growing trends in the U.S.:
1. the risi... Read all
Dr. Robert McCarron Joins NHMH Board of Directors
Published Wednesday 10 of April, 2013
NHMH – No Health without Mental Health is pleased to announce the election of Robert McCarron, D.O. to its Board of Directors effective April 5, 2013.
Dr. McCarron has an outstanding background in both integrated med-psych care, and in eliminating the social stigma of mental disorders via adoption of the integrated bio-psychosocial care model, both of w... Read all
Director's Blog - The 80% Solution
Published Thursday 14 of March, 2013
For the past thirty years, we have talked about removing the stigma surrounding mental illness without success and without noticeably moving the needle on the public’s fears about mental disorders.
This stigma about mental disorders is very real, as undoubtedly it touches on deep-seated, usually unarticulated, fears in the human psyche. Moreover, it is a global phenomenon, not unique... Read all
Director's Blog - Mental Health Spending: Does It Result In Access to Outcome Changing Care?
Published Wednesday 27 of February, 2013
Previously we blogged that American taxpayers pay for the majority of mental health care in this country, via public payer programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
As a percentage of the country’s total health spend, mental health is not a lot, even though in any given year approximately 26% of the American population suffer from some sort of mental health condition.
The Kaiser Fam... Read all
Taxpayers Talk Mental Health
Published Wednesday 13 of February, 2013
We, American taxpayers, pay for most mental health services in our country. So it follows we not only have a right, we have a duty, to ask: are our monies, spentby our government on mental health services, being spent wisely, for the best health outcomes, and at the most efficient cost?
The vast majority of mental health services in the U.S., nearly two-thirds, are provided by ta... Read all
Mental Health in a "Post Geography" World
Published Wednesday 30 of January, 2013
Seeking and maintaining good mental health, and getting treatment when we have a mental health problem, is being recognized around the world as simply a part of being a human being.
This is true whether you’re a tech student at a U.S. university, a Chinese factory assembly-line worker, a City banker in London, an aboriginal citizen in West Australia, a Russian politician/oligarc... Read all
Long Road Ahead Starts with Our Voices Today! - Directors Blog
Published Wednesday 16 of January, 2013
The President’s January 16, 2013 report to the country on protecting children and our communities by reducing gun violence touches on mental health, but it gives citizens an incomplete picture.
What the President says on mental health is important in these respects:
- Mental health problems are vastly prevalent in our country. Nearly 26%
of the total population in a... Read all
Mental Disorders: How YOU Can Help - Director's Blog 1/9/13
Published Wednesday 09 of January, 2013
On the subject of mental health, recent tragedies often leave us feeling frustrated over what we, as average citizens, can do in our daily lives to help people with mental illness. Especially help get them on the road to treatment. Thankfully, we now have an answer: Mental Health First Aid: http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
First, let’s start with the physical body. What do ... Read all
“Integrated care” means treating both physical health conditions and mental health conditions in a comprehensive, coordinated way, where both the patient’s physical and mental health practitioners work together, and are in active, regular communication, o