2019 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 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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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

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    SAMHSA Releases Recovery Home Best Practices and Guidance The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) this week releasedbest practices and suggested guidelines for recovery housing. Last year’s Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act requires the HHS secretary to identify or facilitate developing best practices for recovery ... Read more
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    NABH President and CEO Mark Covall to Retire; Shawn Coughlin Named as Successor NABH President and CEO Mark Covall announced this week his plans to retire on Dec. 31, 2019 after more than 35 years with the association and 24 years as its president and CEO. The NABH Board of Trustees subsequently named Shawn Coughlin, the association’s ... Read more
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    NIH Has Awarded $945 Million to Address Nation’s Opioid Crisis in 2019 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced this week it has awarded $945 million in fiscal year 2019 to 41 states nationwide as part of its Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL. NIH said its agency-wide research effort is meant to improve ... Read more
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    CMS Releases FAQ on Qualified Residential Treatment Programs The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday released a Frequently Asked Questions document that clarifies how the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) Exclusion affects Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs). CMS released the document following the Family First Prevention Services Act— included in theBalance Budget Act of ... Read more

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2020 Annual Meeting

March 16-18, 2020 Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC We invite you to use this annual opportunity to learn from, connect with, and influence the decision makers who determine the future of behavioral healthcare services in the United States. The 2020 Annual…

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Shawn Coughlin Named Next NABH President and CEO

Association’s Executive VP Succeeds Retiring NABH President and CEO Mark Covall WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The National Association for Behavioral Healthcare (NABH) Board of Trustees has appointed Shawn Coughlin as its president and CEO beginning in January 2020. Coughlin succeeds Mark Covall, who is…

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