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Consumer, Recovery, and Family Webinars

What does health reform mean for people in recovery from addiction, consumers of mental health services, and their families?

The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR), Faces & Voices of Recovery (Faces & Voices), and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) jointly present a series of five Webinars to provide information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its implementation in the states to state-based advocates from the mental health and addiction disorders consumer, recovery, and family communities.

Register now for the first Webinar, an overview of the Affordable Care Act and how it helps people with mental health and addiction disorders and their families. The Webinar will give advocates the tools they need to begin interacting effectively with state legislators, administrators, and others charged with development of mechanisms and regulations for implementation of ACA.

To register, go to: http://bit.ly/ieD2Dy

This live Webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.


Alice Dembner, Deputy Policy Director, Community Catalyst
Carol McDaid, Capitol Decisions, Inc.
Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors

About the presenters:

Alice Dembner manages Community Catalyst's team of policy analysts, which helps advance state and national health care reform. She also oversees Community Catalyst's work to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Alice's background is in investigative and analytic journalism. During 30 years as a reporter and editor, she informed policymakers, influenced public opinion, and spurred change. She won national awards for her health coverage at The Boston Globe, which focused on gaps in care for the uninsured, seniors, and children with mental illness. As an editor, she also supervised coverage of science, environment and education. She has also founded and run volunteer programs to improve the health and well-being of women, minorities, and people with AIDS.

Community Catalyst is a national non-profit advocacy organization working to build consumer participation in the health care system.

Carol McDaid is a co-founder and Principal of Capitol Decisions Inc. With nearly 25 years of Federal legislative experience in Washington, Ms. McDaid provides her clients with legislative and public affairs consulting on issues that span the breadth of health care, including Medicare, Medicaid, private sector reimbursement issues, and comparative effectiveness research.

A special focus of Capitol Decisions is national addiction and mental health policy. For over 15 years, Ms. McDaid has worked with leading non-profit drug and alcohol treatment centers, addiction physicians, and other prevention and consumer organizations to refine public policy addressing addiction and mental health.

Ms. McDaid led the Parity NOW Coalition behind passage of the 2008 "Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act." This landmark legislation requires insurers to treat addiction, mental, and physical health problems equally.

Because Ms. McDaid personally overcame addiction, she understands the challenges, political and personal, of dealing with alcohol and drug issues. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors for Faces and Voices of Recovery. She also serves on the Betty Ford Institute Executive Council, and in 2007, she received the Johnson Institute's America Honors Recovery Award.

Ron Manderscheid is Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD). Dr. Manderscheid has served in research and managerial positions at the National Institute of Mental Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as well as Program Director for Mental Health and Substance Use Programs at SRA International and an Adjunct Professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

He is known nationally and internationally for his research on adults with serious mental illness, publication of the biennial report Mental Health, United States, and his work on national health reform, particularly for the Whole Health Campaign, which represents the mental health and substance use care and prevention communities. Throughout his career, he has served as a strong advocate for the both the consumer and family communities.

The second Webinar in the series will cover state and local advocacy approaches to health reform implementation. It will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Please look for registration information for the June Webinar soon.

This Webinar series is coordinated by Affirma Solutions, Inc., under a contract with SAMHSA.

For more information, contact Courtney Kirk at: ckirk@magnasystemsinc.com