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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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 217

    HHS Announces $350 Million Initiative to Boost Covid-19 Vaccinations The U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on Tuesday announced a $350 million initiative for HRSA-supported health centers to increase Covid-19 vaccinations in their communities, with a specific focus on underserved populations. The funding will help health centers provide Covid-19 vaccines ...
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  • CEO Update 217

    News Reports Signal HHS Will Extend Covid-19 PHE Through April 2023 Several news outlets have reported that the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) intends to extend the existing Covid-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) through April 2023. The current PHE—which has been extended many times since 2020—is effective through Jan. 11, 2023. FDA Announces Preliminary Assessment of ...
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  • CEO Update 216

    CMS Releases Final Physician Fee Schedule and OPPS Rules for 2023  Telehealth services authorized temporarily during the Covid-19 public health emergency (PHE) will extend through at least 2023 and for at least 151 days after the PHE ends, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in the agency’s final 2023 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) ...
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  • CEO Update 215

    GAO Report Identifies Challenges and Opportunities to Recruit and Retain Behavioral Health Workforce Financial, educational, and workplace challenges are three categories that pose the greatest challenges to recruiting and retaining behavioral health providers, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a new report. The GAO was assigned to review what is known about the behavioral health workforce, ...
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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden
Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

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