Aligning physical and behavioral healthcare is a central goal for Michelle McDaniel, chief executive officer of Crisis Connections, an organization that works to strengthen Washington State’s crisis response system and ensure those who need it have timely access to crisis care. We sat down with McDaniel at our recent 2023 Washington State of Reform Health … Read more

In this edition of our “What They’re Watching” series, Peter Weir, MD, Executive Director of Population Health at University of Utah Health, says one of his top priorities is integrating behavioral and physical health. He says the separation of the two critical areas of healthcare is “artificial.”     “As a doctor taking care of … Read more

I’m happy to introduce our new Reporter covering Michigan, James Sklar! James is based in Lansing and has a seasoned background in policy advocacy and law. You’ll be seeing his byline more as he continues his coverage for us in Michigan. Welcome, James! We are so thrilled to have you joining us. This edition of … Read more

Health care and health policy experts in Michigan all agree that the behavioral health system is not meeting the needs of Michiganders.  On our “On the ground: Michigan” panel at our 2022 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference, four experts discussed the issues surrounding behavioral health integration, workforce shortages, and crisis stabilization.      … Read more

Dave Schneider is a managing principal at Health Management Associates’ Lansing office. He is an experienced public administrator with more than 30 years’ experience dedicated to improving specialty care.  Prior to HMA, Schneider worked as a behavioral health specialist at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) where he led the development of … Read more