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Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.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 204

    CMS Requests Comments to Strengthen Medicare Advantage On Monday, July 28, 2022, CMS published a request for information on Medicare Advantage to strengthen the program in ways that better align with the Vision for Medicare and the CMS Strategic Pillars. Comments are requested on advancing health equity, strengthening beneficiary access (including telehealth, network adequacy, and prior ...
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  • CEO Update 203

    Final 2023 IPF-PPS Rule Calls for 2.5% Payment Increase to IPFs in 2023 In a final rule released Thursday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said total estimated payments to inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs) are estimated to increase by 2.5%, or $90 million, in fiscal year 2023 relative to IPF payments in 2022. This ...
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  • CEO Update 202

    ONDCP Director Identifies Gaps and Proposes Better System for Tracking Nonfatal Overdoses In a recent JAMA commentary, the head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) said the lack of real-time data for both fatal and nonfatal drug overdoses in the United States undermines the ability to respond accountably and restricts the ...
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  • CEO Update 200

    CMS Proposes to Modernize Coverage for Behavioral Health Services in 2023 Physician Fee Schedule Rule The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Thursday proposed new policies to update coverage for behavioral health services in the agency’s physician fee schedule proposed rule for 2023. In the rule, CMS proposes to address the behavioral healthcare workforce shortage ...
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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden
Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

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