Just as consumers need a voice in treatment and providers use their voice to advocate for the people they serve, in this year’s election everyone’s voice and vote matters. The rancor in this year’s election may make it difficult to learn about the candidate’s positions on key issues impacting consumers and providers. But since elected officials will have a great impact on behavioral health public policy in the future we need to know where they stand and influence their work.
There’s a greater urgency for payers and behavioral health providers to place consumers at the center of treatment to deliver better care and reduce costs. Providers are an essential part of the healthcare system and in the midst of preparing for changes as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Technology is also a big part of healthcare services and implemented as a cutting-edge treatment and to coordinate and track services. How behavioral health providers adopt technology in the future to engage consumers will have a great impact on treatment effectiveness.