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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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.
FDA Develops Drug Facts Label for Over-the-Counter Versions of Naloxone
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced it has developed a model Drug Facts label (DFL) with easy-to-understand, “pictogram” instructions on how to use over-the-counter (OTC) versions of the opioid antidote naloxone.
NEJM Article Reinforces Themes from NABH’s ‘Pathways to Care’ White Paper
In a recent issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, authors of a study about the nation’s emergency departments echoed similar themes and recommendations that NABH provides in Pathways to Care: Treating Opioid and Substance Use Disorders.
Senate Confirms Jim Carroll as Nation’s ‘Drug Czar’
The Senate this week confirmed Jim Carroll as the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
Carroll had served as acting director at ONDCP since last February, and President Trump nominated him as permanent director in late April. This is the nation’s first permanent “drug ... Read more
CMS Requests Feedback on Conflict of Interest at Accrediting Organizations
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week requested public comment about the appropriateness of some Medicare-approved accrediting organizations (AO) offering fee-based consultative services to providers and suppliers they also accredit as part of their business model.
“CMS is seeking to receive stakeholder input ... Read more