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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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 132

    Coderre & LaBelle Named as Acting Heads of SAMHSA and ONDCP Tom Coderre, former Region 1 administrator at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has been named SAMHSA’s acting assistant secretary for mental health and substance use, and Regina LaBelle, former chief of staff at the White House Office of National Drug Policy ... Read more
  • CEO Update 131

    HHS to Expand Access to MAT by Eliminating ‘X-Waiver’ for DEA-Registered Physicians The U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) on Thursday said it will publish new guidelines that will exempt office-based physicians from having to receive a DATA 2000 waiver, known as the X-waiver, in order to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder treatment for ... Read more
  • CEO Update 130

    SAMHSA’s Elinore McCance-Katz Resigns Following Violence at U.S. Capitol Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D. announced Thursday she is resigning as the nation’s assistant secretary for mental health and substance use, citing the riotous takeover of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. According to her statement, McCance-Katz had intended to stay in her role at the Substance Abuse and ... Read more
  • CEO Update 129

    Congress Works to Complete Covid-19 Relief Bill as Federal Funding Deadline Nears Federal lawmakers on Friday continued to work on a $900 billion Covid-19 funding relief bill to avert a government shutdown before federal funding expires at midnight. Congress has already agreed on a $1.4 trillion omnibus bill, the legislative vehicle for the $900 billion economic relief ... Read more

Latest Content

Changes to Medicare Coverage for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Services

This NABH Issue Brief highlights changes to coverage for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included in its 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and other final rules. The PFS rule…

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HHS Announces Delay in Provider Relief Fund Reporting Deadline and Revisions to ‘Lost Revenue’ Definition

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) has announced a new reporting portal for providers to register and submit information about how they have used payments from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) to cover Covid-19-related costs and lost revenues.…

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CMS Expands Medicare Telehealth Coverage for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended some Medicare coverage of telehealth services that the agency authorized during the Covid-19 pandemic. The changes were included in the final 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule that was published in…

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