A conversation with Keith Humphreys on health reform, mental health, and substance abuse treatment

Keith Humphreys is one of the nation’s top addiction services researchers. He leads an important center at the Stanford VA. During 2009 and 2010, he was Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Drug Control Policy. While there, Keith helped craft provisions of the Affordable Care Act to expand coverage for substance abuse and mental health services for 62 million Americans.

I caught up with Keith for a Curbside Consult video conversation at healthinsurance.org. We touched on the politics of Medicare mental health parity, how ACA will change America’s treatment system, alcohol as the substance which sends more Americans to prison than any other, whether improved policies could reduce crime by individuals with severe mental illness. I hope that TIE readers will enjoy it.

@haroldpollack

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