Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy offers hope to those with mental illness and substance use disorders

Patrick Kennedy offers hope to those with mental illness and substance use disorders. “We know what to do. The question is, are we going to do it?” That was the question posed by former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, son of former Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, as he spoke to a Milwaukee forum last Monday on the best ways to provide hope for those struggling with

AOR Advisor Patrick Kennedy Provides Written Testimony for Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing on Mental Health Parity

Today, AOR Advisor and Former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) provided written testimony for the Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing, “An Examination of Federal Mental Health Parity Laws and Regulations.” Part of his testimony highlights the need to treat the disease of opioid addiction on par with all other diseases. “…Throughout the country, inequitable reimbursement rates contribute to a shortage of in-network behavioral health providers and, subsequently,

For Kennedy, the Opioid Epidemic Is the Latest Front in the Long War for Mental Health Parity

For Kennedy, the Opioid Epidemic Is the Latest Front in the Long War for Mental Health Parity A report finds that access to buprenorphine in Medicaid varies widely depending on where patients live. A report finds that access to buprenorphine in Medicaid varies widely depending on where patients live. It’s the latest example of the lack of mental health parity that former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy addresses the opioid crisis in Milwaukee

Patrick Kennedy addresses the opioid crisis in Milwaukee AOR Advisor Patrick Kennedy addressed The Medical Society of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division this week, and urged attendees to stand up to the opioid epidemic. His appearance generated local media coverage including: Patrick Kennedy Milwaukee Event Brings Awareness To Addiction Crisis WUWM, 9/19/16 Covering An Evening with Patrick Kennedy with The Medical Society of Wisconsin and

Opioid Use Disorder a Solvable Problem

Opioid Use Disorder a Solvable Problem Newer therapy options can really help, says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich AOR Advisor Newt Gingrich discusses solutions to the opioid crisis with MedPage Today News Editor Joyce Frieden: Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives, has long had an interest in brain science mental health issues; in 1996 he worked with then-Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) to pass a mental

Congress should ignore the CBO and increase access to recovery medication to treat opioid addiction

Congress should ignore the CBO and increase access to recovery medication to treat opioid addiction AOR Leaders Newt Gingrich and Patrick Kennedy’s op-ed for The Hill Two of AOR’s Leaders, Newt Gingrich and Patrick Kennedy, explain why a notoriously unreliable CBO score is no reason to continue to deny access to recovery medication, the evidence-based treatment for opioid addiction, for those who need it. Read it now

AOR STATEMENT: CARA is an important first step, but work remains for Congress and HHS

AOR STATEMENT: CARA is an important first step, but work remains for Congress and HHS The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), headed to the the President for signature, is a step in the right direction but still falls short on a number of important provisions to adequately address the scope of the problem. We are encouraged that the bill authorizes nurse practitioners and physician assistants

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