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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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

  • CEO Update | 68

    Task Force Recommends Physicians Ask Adult Patients About Illicit Drug Use The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force this week recommended that physicians ask all U.S. adults aged 18 or older about possible illicit drug use—including opioid painkillers—as part of the federal government’s ongoing effort to address America’s opioid crisis. The recommendation from the independent panel of medical ... Read more
  • CEO Update | 67

    SAMHSA Highlights Disaster Distress Line Following Recent Spate of Shootings Following mass shootings in California, Texas, and Ohio within one week, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) urged survivors and first responders to use the agency’s Disaster Distress Hotline Helpline for immediate crisis counseling. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days ... Read more
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    CMS Announces 1.5-percent Increase for Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities for 2020 in Final Rule The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a Medicare payment increase of 1.5 percent next year for inpatient psychiatric facilities in the final Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment Systems (IPF PPS) rule the agency released earlier this week. Compared with the 2019 ... Read more
  • CEO Update | 65

    Threat of Sequestration Ends with Bipartisan Budget Act White House and Congressional leaders agreed to large increases in base funding for defense and nondefense spending on Thursday, with the expectation of support by the Senate in a vote next week. The budget deal establishes a funding base above spending cap levels that could trigger mandatory automatic spending ... Read more

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NABH Issue Brief: CMS Proposes Slight Payment Increase for PHPs and CMHCs in 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a hospital-based partial hospitalization program (PHP) payment rate of $228.20 for 2020, up from the 2019 rate of $220.86, in…

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