1st Edition

Understanding the Behavioral Healthcare Crisis The Promise of Integrated Care and Diagnostic Reform

Edited By Nicholas A. Cummings, William T. O'Donohue Copyright 2011

    Understanding the Behavioral Healthcare Crisis is a necessary book, edited and contributed to by a great variety of authors from academia, government, and industry. The book takes a bold look at what reforms are needed in healthcare and provides specific recommendations. Some of the serious concerns about the healthcare system that Cummings, O’Donohue, and their contributors address include access problems, safety problems, costs problems, the uninsured, and problems with efficacy. When students, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers finish reading this book they will have not just a greater idea of what problems still exist in healthcare, but, more importantly, a clearer idea of how to tackle them and provide much-needed reform.

    1. What is Wrong with the Current Behavioral Healthcare System: Cummings, DeLeon, O’Donohue

    2. Electronic Behavioral Health Records: David Merritt

    3. Integrated Care: Cummings, O’Donohue

    4. E-Health and Tele-Health: Tony Papa

    5. Prescription Privileges: DeLeon

    6. Diagnostic System Innovations: Spitzer

    7. Evidence-Based Treatment: McFall

    8. Quality Improvement and Reducing Errors: O’Donohue, Lilienfeld

    9. The Behavioral Health Medical Home: Freeman

    10. Reforms in Professional Education: O’Donnell

    11. Pay for Performance and Innovations needed in Payment Mechanisms: Cummings

    12. Reforms in Treating the Elderly: Fisher

    13. Reforms in Treating the Chronically Mentally Ill: Meuser

    14. Reforms in Treating Children and Families: Bray

    15. Reforms in Chronic Disease Management: Edghill

    16. Reforms in Substance Abuse Treatment: Volkow

    17. Reforms for Women and Minorities: Mays

    18. Reforms in Wellness and Prevention: Seligman

    19. Reforms in Veteran and Military Behavioral Health: Chaffee


    Nicholas Cummings, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Clinical Psychology, and President of the Foundation for Behavioral Health at the University of Nevada– Reno, USA. He is also a past-president of the American Psychological Association.

    William T. O’Donohue, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Nevada, USA. He is full Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada– Reno, USA, and a member of the Association for the Advancement for Behavior Therapy.

    “This book is a ‘must read’ for policymakers, administrators, clinicians, or citizens wanting a guide to our healthcare system—which is currently neither healthy, caring, nor a system! Experts discuss a variety of issues such as financial incentives, information management and uses of the Internet, and special issues pertaining to diverse populations. The editors are to be thanked for this practical and most timely volume.” - Michael F. Hoyt, PhD, Author, Brief Therapy and Managed Care, Some Stories are Better than Others, and Brief Psychotherapies: Principles and Practice

    “The brief history of mental health care delivery in America is a story of challenge and change. Nick Cummings, who has long anticipated and responded to healthcare issues in ways that benefit consumers and providers, and William O’Donohue chart yet another course to guide us through these turbulent times.” - David B. Baker, Margaret Clark Morgan Director, Center for the History of Psychology; Professor of Psychology, The University of Akron, USA

    “Drs. Cummings and O’Donohue provide a comprehensive coverage of the issues facing a broken behavioral healthcare system today. In their intelligent and insightful book, they offer hope and sensible suggestions about how to fix what is not working. Heed the authors’ advice, and we’ll be on our way to solving many problems in our current healthcare system.” - Carol Austad, Clinical Psychologist; Professor of Psychology and Co-coordinator, Biofeedback Center, Central Connecticut State University, USA