Advocacy

Advocacy
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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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 189

    Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing and Releases Report on Youth RTFs In conjunction with a hearing Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee released Warehouse of Neglect: How Taxpayers Are Funding Systemic Abuse in Youth Residential Treatment Facilities, a partisan report that cites limitations and problems at youth RTFs and fails to recognize the critical care, treatment, and ...
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  • CEO Update 188

    Senate Democrats Pressure Biden Administration to Complete Final Parity Rule A group of Senate Democrats is pressuring the Biden administration to complete and release its final rule on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act’s requirements. In a letter to the leaders of HHS, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Labor Department’s Employee Benefits and ...
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  • CEO Update 187

    NABH Comments on Fiscal Year 2025 IPF PPS Final Rule This week NABH sent its public comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about the agency’s fiscal year 2025 inpatient psychiatric facility prospective payment system (IPF PPS) rule. In the letter, NABH emphasized that the proposed net update for FY 2025 – an ...
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  • CEO Update 186

    2024 NABH Annual Meeting & Hill Day Highlights NABH thanks all who traveled to Washington last week for the 2024 Annual Meeting! Photos from the meeting are now available. If you choose to use any of these pictures, please credit photographer Chris Ferenzi. Last week NABH shared the Annual Meeting slide presentations and learned some attendees had trouble ...
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The National Association for Behavioral Healthcare, are the people on the front lines of this fight…

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden
Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

The Future of Behavioral Healthcare