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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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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 148

    NABH and Other Healthcare Groups Urge HHS to Extend Provider Relief Fund Deadline NABH and eight other healthcare associations this week urged the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to extend the June 30 deadline by which providers must use their Covid-19 Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. Instead, the groups wrote in a letter to HHS ...
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  • CEO Update 147

    May 7 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day To honor National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day today, NABH President and CEO Shawn Coughlin published a LinkedIn Pulse article about the critical role that residential treatment plays in youth behavioral healthcare. The article highlights Residential Treatment: A Vital Component of the Behavioral Healthcare Continuum, the white paper ...
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  • CEO Update 146

    Mental Health Awareness Month Begins Saturday, May 1 Mental Health Awareness Month, also referred to as Mental Health Month, kicks off Saturday, May 1 to recognize the millions of Americans living with a mental illness. Please be sure to follow NABH on Twitter and LinkedIn to help promote Mental Health Month, and visit the websites for the ...
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  • CEO Update 145

    HHS Secretary Becerra Extends Covid-19 Public Health Emergency U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra has extended the public health emergency (PHE) due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, effective April 21. The declaration typically lasts for 90 days, which would extend the PHE to July 20, given that Becerra renewed the PHE on April 21. Researchers ...
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