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Priorities

Ensuring access to mental health and addiction treatment and recovery services could not be more urgent or important than at this time. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that symptoms of anxiety disorder were approximately three times higher and prevalence of depression about four times higher among adults during the second quarter of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.

Meanwhile, overdoses have spiked during the Covid-19 pandemic with more than 40 states reporting increased opioid-related deaths, and an overall increase in overdoses of 18% between May of 2019 and 2020. At the same time, suicide rates have continued to rise, up 35% between 1999 and 2018, with early indications of additional increases in suicides more recently.

Our Covid-19 webpage is designed to help NABH members access important and applicable resources as they navigate the Covid-19 pandemic.

Removing Barriers to Care

Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.

Combating the SUD 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 217

    HHS Announces $350 Million Initiative to Boost Covid-19 Vaccinations The U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on Tuesday announced a $350 million initiative for HRSA-supported health centers to increase Covid-19 vaccinations in their communities, with a specific focus on underserved populations. The funding will help health centers provide Covid-19 vaccines ...
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  • CEO Update 217

    News Reports Signal HHS Will Extend Covid-19 PHE Through April 2023 Several news outlets have reported that the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) intends to extend the existing Covid-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) through April 2023. The current PHE—which has been extended many times since 2020—is effective through Jan. 11, 2023. FDA Announces Preliminary Assessment of ...
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  • CEO Update 216

    CMS Releases Final Physician Fee Schedule and OPPS Rules for 2023  Telehealth services authorized temporarily during the Covid-19 public health emergency (PHE) will extend through at least 2023 and for at least 151 days after the PHE ends, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in the agency’s final 2023 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) ...
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  • CEO Update 215

    GAO Report Identifies Challenges and Opportunities to Recruit and Retain Behavioral Health Workforce Financial, educational, and workplace challenges are three categories that pose the greatest challenges to recruiting and retaining behavioral health providers, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a new report. The GAO was assigned to review what is known about the behavioral health workforce, ...
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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden
Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

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