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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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.
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
CMS Finalizes 2019 Payment Increases for PHPs
In a final rule this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) set the 2019 hospital-based partial hospitalization program (PHP) payment rate at $220.86. This is above the $216.55 rate that the CMS had recommended in its Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical ... Read more
President Signs H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act
This week President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), which includes the first significant change to the Medicaid program’s Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion since 1972. Other NABH priorities are part of the new law, including a ... Read more
ASAM and CARF Announce New SUD Treatment Delivery Certification
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) have announced a new national certification program for addiction treatment programs that will “provide an independent, comprehensive assessment of an individual treatment program’s fidelity to a specific level of care ... Read more