2020 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 2020 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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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

  • CEO Update 107

    FCC To Vote Next Month on Designating 988 as National Suicide Hotline Number Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai this week presented his team with draft rules to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, three-digit phone number for Americans to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. The Commission is scheduled to adopt the ... Read more
  • CEO Update: 106

    HHS Temporarily Suspends Quarterly Reports from Provider Relief Fund Recipients HHS on June 13 updated previous guidance to say recipients of Provider Relief Fund payments do not need submit a separate quarterly report to HHS or the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) had included the requirement, but HHS updated ... Read more
  • CEO Update 105

    SAMHSA Offers Guidance and Forms for Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund Payments HHS’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is providing guidance, instructions, and application forms after HHS announced this week it will distribute $15 billion to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers during the Covid-19 pandemic. HHS said the payment to each ... Read more
  • CEO Update 104

    Psych Hub Releases Race, Racism & Mental Health Resources During Week of Protests Mental health educational platform Psych Hub released Race, Racism, & Mental Health Resources for individuals and communities amid a week of national and global protests against racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd. Psych Hub compiled the list of resources on ... Read more

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HHS Announces Relief Funding for Medicaid & CHIP Providers, Safety Net Hospitals

HHS said Tuesday it expects to distribute about $15 billion through the department’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to eligible providers who participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief…

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