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Affordable Care Act and You

The Affordable Care Act & You: Information and resources to increase your knowledge and to enhance models of care, practice, training and education. This will be updated related to topical information and specific models of service delivery, integrated care, prevention, promotion and recovery.


SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

Being at the forefront of one of the most promising approaches to care, it is important to
stay up-to-date on the latest research. Providing quality integrated care involves understanding the newest information and trends regarding co-occurring physical and behavioral health conditions and models of integrated care, and bringing that knowledge to the treatment of mental, physical, and substance use disorders.  For more information Click on this link:


UPDATE 8/29/2013 

Kickoff to the Fall ACA Insurance Enrollment Initiative--A Must Participate Event

The Affordable Care Act Enrollment Initiative will begin on October 1, when the state Health Insurance Marketplaces and state Medicaid Expansions will actually begin enrolling people who currently do not have health insurance.

 Ron Manderscheid, keynote speaker at the AAPC Conference 2012 and at the Atlantic Region's Fall 2013 meeting, and others have joined together to present a webinar,  September 20- 3:00-4:00, to better prepare organizations, counseling centers and providers for this important event.

You can click on REGISTER NOW below to sign up for this must participate event! Please share this invitation with your colleagues.

On behalf of Ron and many others I thank you in advance for your assistance in helping your clients and our neighbors. Doug 

Space is limited

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:


Medicaid 101: What You Need to Know from The Alliance for Health Reform. The video is especially helpful to congressional staff members and others new to the issue, but it also is a useful review for anyone dealing with Medicaid issues, particularly as many states prepare to expand their programs.

Click to Watch Medicaid video 

The Alliance for Health Reform is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit health policy education group. http://www.allhealth.org/ 

Contact: Marilyn Werber Serafini 202/789-2300  mserafini@allhealth.org 

This is a "go to" website,  http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/, for daily updates regarding developments in healthcare reform. Spend some time clicking and "searching" on this site.

Taking Essential Actions on Core Features of the Affordable Care Act on the Eve of Implementation

As we approach the eve of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, it is exceptionally important for us to take stock, assess where we actually stand, and then act. Three core ACA features deserve specific action-the Essential Health Benefit (EHB), the State Medicaid Expansion, and the State Marketplace. These mechanisms will determine how many persons will become newly enrolled in health insurance, and what insurance benefits will actually be available to them.

Read more at: http://www.behavioral.net/blogs/ron-manderscheid/taking-essential-actions-core-features-affordable-care-act-eve-implementation

What's changing when?This link identifies the timeline for implementation of the phases of Affordable Care Act


 Health Status Of (your)) Communities,This website provides information about your county's ranking in relation to health status and identifies the health related issues where you work and live? What might you do to address these? With whom might you work?  Take time to explore the "road map". You might be surprised where this takes you.


State by State Fact Sheets

Choose your state to learn more about the immediate benefits of the Affordable Care Act.




Health Disparities, Health disparities refer to differences between groups of people. These differences can affect how frequently a disease affects a group, how many people get sick, or how often the disease causes death.

Many different populations are affected by disparities. These include

  • Racial and ethnic minorities
  • Residents of rural areas
  • Women, children, the elderly
  • Persons with disabilities



This is a very good resource related toBehavioral Health Disparities.



Integrated Care,There is a lot of discussion regarding integrated models of care. What does this entail? How might this influence your practice, one's classroom,  congregation, center etc.



This link provides very helpful "click on tabs" and relates a state wide initiative in California.



This link connects you to theNational Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare'sdesignated site. It provides numerous annotated links to a wealth of information and resources.



 Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions-



Training Curriculum for Integrated Care. This link represents a response of a professional association (American Psychological Association) and a recommendation for training and educating members. This could be a resource for AAPC members as well. 



Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.It is the premiere membership association that focuses on the integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services. Its annual conference will be held  October 10-13, 2013, in Denver, CO



Prevention: It makes "good sense/cents" to prevent illness and promote health. This includes mind, body and spirit. The following links provide information re.Healthy Communities: Building Coalitions for Health



















  • International Congress on Pastoral Care and Counseling:Time to make plans for ICPCC 2015, 15-21 October--in San Francisco---- Registration opened on November 1 for the 10th Gathering of the International Congress on Pastoral Care and Counseling, focusing on providing Spiritual Care in the Global Village, from Interfaith, Intercultural and High Tech Perspectives.+more
  • Expansion of Mental Health Care Hits Obstacles When access is scarce:Expansion of Mental Health Care Hits Obstacles When access is scarce LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Terri Hall’s anxiety was back, making her hands shake as she tried to light a cigarette on the stoop of her faded apartment building. She had no appetite, and her mind galloped as she grasped for an answer to her latest setback. +more
  • SE Region Holds Event for Emerging Professionals & Scholars in Nashville & Charlotte:Theological students, counseling students, and those new to the counseling profession often have interest in dealing with the spiritual components of the issues with which they are presented in pastoral care and counseling situations. AAPC is in unique position to assist these “Emerging Professionals and Scholars” with spiritually integrative aspects of care. To help introduce the unique concepts of Pastoral Counseling to these emerging professionals, the Southeast Region of AAPC partnered with +more
  • In Rural States 'Pastoral Counselors' Help Fill Mental Health Gap:Mental health therapists most often leave issues of faith outside their office doors, even for patients who are religious. But one class of counselors believes a nonsectarian model doesn’t serve everyone equally well.+more


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