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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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 127

    CDC Director Approves ACIP’s Covid-19 Vaccine Plan for Healthcare Workers, LTCFs Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, M.D. on Thursday approved a CDC committee’s recommendation that healthcare personnel and long-term care facility (LTCF) residents be offered the Covid-19 vaccine in the vaccination program’s initial phase. The agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) ... Read more
  • CEO Update 126

    CRS Report Suggests Congress Consider Making Recent Treatment Changes Permanent Post Pandemic In a brief report this week, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) suggested Congress consider continuing certain behavioral healthcare treatment changes that providers have implemented temporarily during the Covid-19 pandemic. Changes to telehealth, privacy requirements, and substance use disorder treatment were the three areas the CRS ... Read more
  • CEO Update 125

    NIMH Examines Whether Mobile Technology Can Predict Behavior and Improve Care in Teens with Depression A new National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) project is investigating whether mobile technology can be used to create a passive monitoring system that can predict teens’ depressive symptoms and improve the quality of their care. Funded through the NIMH’s Small Business ... Read more
  • CEO Update 124

    Former U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.), Addiction Recovery Champion, Dies at 74 Former U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.), a champion for addiction recovery, died Thursday at the age of 74. Ramstad, who had been ailing from Parkinson’s Disease, channeled his personal battle with addiction to become a strong advocate for recovery. He represented Minnesota’s third district in ... Read more

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