Advocacy

2019 Advocacy
Priorities

Nearly 20% of Americans experience a mental illness or substance use disorder. This year 45,000 Americans will die by suicide, 63,000 will die from drug overdoses and 100,000 more will have their first episode of psychosis. This is why we advocate, and who we advocate for.

Please click here to see our 2019 Advocacy Priorities.

Removing Barriers to Care

Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.

Combating the Opioid Crisis

Congress should increase access to substance use disorder treatment.

Expanding the Behavioral Health Workforce

Congress should expand the mental health and substance use disorder workforce.

CEO Update

  • CEO Update 85

    CMS Releases Fact Sheet for Medicare-Enrolled OTPs The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an 18-page fact sheet about Medicare billing and payment for opioid treatment programs (OTPs) that participate in the federal program. CMS began paying for enrolled OTPs to deliver opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment services to Medicare beneficiaries on Jan. 1. ... Read more
  • CEO Update 84

    Congress Agrees to $5.9 Billion for SAMHSA in FY 2020 Spending Bill Package Federal lawmakers this week agreed to fund the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at $5.9 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2020, $140 million above the 2019 enacted level and $205 million above the president’s budget request. The funding is part of ... Read more
  • CEO Update | 83

    White House to Host Mental Health Summit Next Week The White House will host a mental health summit next week that is expected to highlight mass shootings in the United States. NABH staff will attend the summit, where mental health advocates, government officials, and other experts will discuss a host of other behavioral healthcare issues, including teen ... Read more
  • CEO Update | 82

    Hospital Associations Sue Trump Administration to Block Price-Transparency Rule Hospital groups sued the Trump administration this week over a new rule that would require hospitals to disclose their negotiated rates with insurers. The American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, Association of American Medical Colleges, and other groups sued HHS over the rule the department released in ... Read more

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NABH Comments on CMS’ New Survey and Certification Process for Psychiatric Hospitals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday announced it has streamlined the process to survey the nation’s psychiatric hospitals to review for compliance with participation requirements in one comprehensive survey. Beginning in March,…

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NABH Urges Oversight Hearings on Parity Following GAO Report

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — A key finding in a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on government oversight of compliance with parity underscores the need for federal lawmakers to proactively investigate the work of employer-sponsored group plans and ensure they are complying…

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