A Healthy New World: Emergent Opportunities for Clinical Psychologists in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Authors

  • Rinad S. Beidas,

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    1. Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
    • Address correspondence to Rinad S. Beidas, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 3535 Market Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104. E-mail: rbeidas@upenn.edu.

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  • Ronald W. Manderscheid

    1. Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
    2. National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors
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Abstract

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is radically transforming the health and mental healthcare landscape. Emergent opportunities exist for clinical psychologists to redefine their role in health care. We reflect on Chor, Olin, and Hoagwood (2014) and present additional recommendations for consideration. Specifically, we highlight three points: (a) moving beyond just training and hoping; (b) recovery, not just symptom reduction; and (c) it's a healthy new world. Under each of these points, we suggest tactics for how to achieve these goals.

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