NYAPRS Note: See below an excerpt from the linked article exploring new roles and responsibilities in the ACA. Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors, explores the expanding opportunities for peers to make targeted whole health interventions for recipients with and without behavioral health needs, and the new role of recipients in directing their own treatment priorities.
Essential New Roles for Peers and Service Recipients in the Whole-Health Era
Behavioral Healthcare; Ron Manderscheid, PhD; 12/29/13
The whole-health era being ushered in by the ACA will bring dramatic changes to the roles of peers and service recipients. We need to implement these new roles in the incubator of emerging medical and health homes.
Much attention currently is devoted to the dramatic changes that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will bring to behavioral healthcare providers. The major ACA change agents are insurance expansion with parity and service reconfiguration due to integrated care. By contrast, virtually no attention is devoted to the equally dramatic changes that the ACA will bring to the roles of peers and service recipients. I would like to explore these latter changes here.