Biden and Trump on Mental Health

Biden and Trump on Mental Health

Curt and Katie chat about policies, promises, and actions taken by President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden related to mental health. We look at mental health parity, the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, prisons, funding priorities, as well as the importance of voting.

It’s time to reimagine therapy and what it means to be a therapist. To support you as a whole person and a therapist, your hosts, Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy talk about how to approach the role of therapist in the modern age.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The promises and the actions taken by President Trump and Vice President Biden on mental health
  • Mental Health Parity and the Affordable Care Act
  • Medicaid Funding and Social Services
  • Prison and Jail Systems
  • Mental Health workforce
  • The difference between budget allotments and how much money actually gets to the programs
  • The opioid epidemic
  • Suicide prevention and veterans
  • How the candidates talk about mental health and drug abuse
  • Trumps attack on Hunter Biden and desire to reopen mental institutions
  • Control and punishment versus prevention and support
  • Biden normalizing mental health care
  • The importance of voting

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Resources mentioned:

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Kaiser Family Foundation Overview Article – Review of Candidate Platforms

Joe Biden – New Frontier for Mental Health

How Trump’s Budget will Affect People with Mental Health Conditions

4 Takeaways from Trumps Plan to Rescind CHIP funding

$2B in Federal Grants to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

PolitiFact: Trumps Mixed Record on Mental Health

Psychotherapy Notes: Artificial Intelligence Therapy

Trump and Biden have very different ideas for addressing mental health

Healthline: Where Biden and Trump Stand on 11 Key Healthcare Issues

Mental Health and Substance Use State Fact Sheets

KFF: Election 2020 Where Trump and Biden Stand on Mental Health and Substance Use Issues

Mental Health for US Candidate Statements

Trump Attacks Hunter Biden

Relevant Episodes:

Treating Political Reactionism and the War on Science

Therapy as a Political Act

Let’s Get Political

Getting Personal to Advocate for Compassion, Understanding, and Social Justice

Preventing Client Suicide

Donald Trump in Therapy

Mass Shooters and Mental Illness

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Who we are:

Curt Widhalm is in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is the cofounder of the Therapy Reimagined conference, former CFO of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, a former Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and a loving husband and father. He is 1/2 great person, 1/2 provocateur, and 1/2 geek, in that order. He dabbles in the dark art of making “dad jokes” and usually has a half-empty cup of coffee somewhere nearby. Learn more at:

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, coach, and consultant supporting leaders, visionaries, executives, and helping professionals to create sustainable careers. Katie, with Curt, has developed workshops and a conference, Therapy Reimagined, to support therapists navigating through the modern challenges of this profession. Katie is also Past President of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. In her spare time, Katie is secretly siphoning off Curt’s youthful energy, so that she can take over the world. Learn more at:

A Quick Note:

Our opinions are our own. We are only speaking for ourselves – except when we speak for each other, or over each other. We’re working on it.

Our guests are also only speaking for themselves and have their own opinions. We aren’t trying to take their voice, and no one speaks for us either. Mostly because they don’t want to, but hey.

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Voice Over by DW McCann

Music by Crystal Grooms Mangano

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