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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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.
Commonwealth Fund Summarizes Care Programs for Patients with Complex Needs
The Commonwealth Fund has released a Quick Reference Guide to Promising Care Models for Patients with Complex Needs, which summarizes the target populations and key features of 28 care models for adults with complex needs, including behavioral health.
This guide was updated this year using ... Read more
SAMHSA Reports Total Behavioral Health Spending Rose 62 Percent from 2006-2015
Total mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment spending rose about 62 percent to $212 billion in 2015 from $131 billion in 2006, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The federal health ... Read more
SAMHSA Expands Capacity for Substance Use Disorder
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced it will invest $8.3 million for community projects that target a specific population for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment
In its announcement, SAMHSA said the program will make 22 awards of up to $375,000 per year for ... Read more
NABH Alerts Governors about CMS Opportunity to Address Mental Health and SUD
NABH and Mental Health America (MHA) this week sent a letter to the nation’s 50 governors about a new opportunity from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for states to address mental health and substance use disorder (SUD).
As part of ... Read more