2019 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 2019 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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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 | 57

    America’s Health Rankings’ Senior Report Shows Rise in Excessive Drinking and Depression Excessive drinking increased 12 percent from 2016 to 2019 among the nation’s seniors, while the percentage of seniors who reported a health professional has told them they have depression has risen 19 percent in the last year alone, according to America’s Health Rankings’ Senior ... Read more
  • CEO Update | 56

    New Report Shows Prescription Opioid Volume Declined 17 percent in 2018 Prescription opioid dosage volume—defined by morphine milligram equivalents, or MMEs—declined 17-percent in 2018, according to a new report from IQVIA, a research firm that specializes in advanced analytics and technology solutions. The study, Medicine Use and Spending in the U.S.: A Review of 2018 and Outlook ... Read more
  • CEO Update | 55

    NABH Promotes Access to Care Initiative During Mental Health Month May 1 kicked off Mental Health Month, which the United States has observed throughout May since 1949 to promote awareness about the importance of mental health as a part of overall health. This year, NABH asks its members to promote this important national observance by supporting the ... Read more
  • CEO Update | 54

    SUPPORT Act Expands Access to Medication Assisted Treatment The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced this week that several sections of last year’s SUPPORT Act made changes to the Controlled Substance Act that affords practitioners with greater flexibility in providing medication assisted treatment, or MAT, to patients. Signed into law in October 2018, the ... Read more

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

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