2020 Advocacy

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 2020 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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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 112

    CMS Announces 2.2% Increase in Base Payment Rate for IPFs and Scope-of-Practice Changes for 2021 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will update the Medicare base payment rate for the Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS) by 2.2% in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, the agency announced in a final rule. In its April proposed ... Read more
  • CEO Update 111

    NABH and Other Healthcare Advocacy Groups Provide Feedback on Latest Covid-19 Legislation NABH this week weighed in on issues specific to behavioral healthcare providers in the $1 trillion Covid-19 stimulus package that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released on Monday, July 27. Referred to collectively as the HEALS Act, the legislation includes a total of eight ... Read more
  • CEO Update 110

    HHS Extends Coronavirus Public Health Emergency On Thursday, July 23, HHS Secretary Alex Azar extended the public health emergency determination regarding Covid-19. Public health emergencies last for 90 days.  As a result, emergency authorities are extended to late October. HHS Extends Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Deadline and Announces Additional Hotspot Funding HHS extended to Monday, August 3, the deadline for ... Read more
  • CEO Update 109

    FCC Designates 988 as Three-Digit Number for National Suicide Prevention Hotline The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week adopted rules to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, three-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. All phone service providers are required to direct all 988 calls to the ... Read more

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NABH Analysis: CMS Proposes Expanding Medicare Telehealth Benefits and Scope of Practice Changes Beyond Pandemic

CMS Proposes Expanding Medicare Telehealth Benefits and Scope of Practice Changes Beyond Pandemic The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to maintain—either permanently or temporarily— many of the Medicare telehealth benefits and workforce flexibilities authorized during the…

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