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.
NABH’s advocacy priorities for 2018 are:
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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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.
CMS Reports Healthcare Spending Growth Slowed Last Year
Total nominal U.S. healthcare spending increased 3.9 percent to $3.5 trillion in 2017, slowing down from growth of 4.8 percent in 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) reported this week.
The new statistics were published in an article in Health Affairs, which reported that the rate ... Read more
Joint Commission Updates National Patient Safety Goal for Suicide Prevention
The Joint Commission this week updated its National Patient Safety (NPS) Goal for Suicide Prevention that takes effect on July 1, 2019.
According to the Joint Commission, the accrediting body made the revisions because there has been no improvement in lowering the U.S. suicide rate, even ... Read more
CMS Announces Demonstration Projects for SMI and SED
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week announced opportunities for demonstration projects under section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act to improve care for adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED).
The 21st Century Cures Act required these ... Read more
What the 2018 Midterm Elections Could Mean for Behavioral Healthcare
An incoming Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and an expanded Medicaid program will have implications for the nation’s healthcare system in general and behavioral healthcare in particular, although what those changes are remains to be seen.
Although some races are still too close ... Read more