Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reform

9/05/17Baltimore County facing higher costs for inmate care due to addiction, mental health services - Baltimore Sun

5/4/17Critics Question Mental Health Protections in GOP Health Bill - From Real Clear Health

3/21/17State Strategies for Integrating Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Primary Care - from the National Academy for State Health Policy - discusses the evidence-based interventions that can be implemented in primary care settings, current state payment and delivery system reforms, and key policy considerations to support primary care providers in combatting the nation’s growing opioid epidemic.

3/9/17GOP health-care bill would drop addiction treatment mandate covering 1.3 million Americans - From the Washington Post.

2/21/17 - ACA Repeal Seen Thwarting State Addiction Efforts - The Pew Charitable Trusts report.

2/14/17 - Obamacare repeal would gut opioid treatment gains - From McClatchyDC: “We estimate that approximately 1,253,000 people with serious mental disorders and about 2.8 million Americans with a substance use disorder, of whom about 222,000 have an opioid disorder, would lose some or all of their insurance coverage”

2/10/17 - Addiction Treatment Grew Under Health Law. Now What? - From the NYT: "“Of all the illnesses, this is one where we’ve seen very dramatic changes and where we stand to lose the most ground if we lose the A.C.A.,” said Linda Rosenberg, president and chief executive of the National Council for Behavioral Health

1/16/17 - Repealing the ACA Could Be A Nightmare For Mental Health Care - One in 5 Americans suffers some form of temporary or chronic mental illness. For the 20 million  covered under the ACA, that may have not had mental health services covered, that's a lot to lose.. Huffington Post

1/08/17 - ACA Repeal Jeopardizes Mental Health / Addiction Coverage - Nearly 30% of those who get coverage through Medicaid expansion have a mental disorder, such as anxiety or schizophrenia, or an addiction to substances, such as opioids or alcohol, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. That compares to the more than 20% of the overall population — 68 million people — who experienced a diagnosable mental health or substance abuse disorder in the past year, the American Psychiatric Association says. USA Today

12/09/16 - Mental Health Reforms are Built on the Premise of a Strong Health Care System - While the Cures bill marked bipartisan progress, divisive health care battles ahead threaten to undermine the existing mental health system – not to mention needed improvements that are necessary to fully support the health and development of children and their families. - Georgetown University Health Policy Institute