Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services

The AHA Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services currently has more than 1,660 members from across the country and is comprised of executives from general hospitals and freestanding specialty hospitals that provide behavioral health services. The section provides forums linking members with shared interests and missions to advise AHA on policy and advocacy activities and to discuss issues of great importance to behavioral health providers and the field as a whole. These efforts are led by the Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services Governing Council. Click here to learn more about the Value of AHA membership for Behavioral Health Providers.


triple aim behavioral health

 Members-Only Calls & Webinars

Improving Behavioral Health Margins and Making the Parity Law Work for Patients & Providers: Princeton House Behavioral Health - Members, register here. (October 11, 2016)

Case Management of Psychiatric Disorders Reduces Readmissions of Medical/Surgical Patients: Advocate Healthcare’s Experience - Members, register here. (September 20, 2016)

Click here to view the archive of members-only calls and webinars Members Only

 Important News

Latest Issue of Behavioral Health Update

AHA Behavioral Health News Stories

AHA Comments on Psychiatric Quality Measures:  Transitions

AHA Comments on SAMHSA proposed changes to 42 CFR Part 2

Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN): In the March cover story, learn how hospitals are fighting on the frontlines of the opioid crisis. For more H&HN opioid coverage, click here.

AHA provided feedback on the Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group’s policy options to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic health conditions.

In an AHASTAT blog post, AHA Chief Medical Officer John Combes, M.D., said the recommendation to screen all adults for depression will help patients and communities.

AHA supported the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act (S. 1893)

AHA expressed continued support for S.599, the Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric Care Act which has been signed into law

An AHA letter voiced support for a provision in H.R. 2646, Rep. Tim Murphy's bill,

AHA Member Advisories Mental Health Parity in Medicaid & CHIP and Managed Care for Medicaid and CHIP and comment letters Mental Health Parity in Medicaid & CHIP and Managed Care for Medicaid and CHIP

AHA submitted a comment letter  to NQF-convened Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) recommendations on new quality measures.

Section Membership


2016 Governing Council Roster

2016 Designated Appointments

2016 Governing Council Member Bios

2016 RPB Roster

Press Release: Wayne Young to Lead AHA's Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services

2016 Governance Calendar

The Value of Membership for Behavioral Health Providers

Field Leadership

Addressing Mental Health Stigma

Behavioral Health Challenges in the General Hospital: Practical Help for Hospital Leaders

Behavioral Health Case Studies on Key Issues

Community Connections - Reaffirming the Value of Hospitals

Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence 

Support for Returning Military and Vets

Trendwatch: Important trends in the hospital & health care field








 Connecting with National Behavioral Health Organizations



AHA Advocacy Action Center

AHA Advocacy Alliances

AHA Key Issues

AHA Work on Behavioral Health Legislation & Regulation Issues

Behavioral Health Key Issues

Access to Services

Aggression & Violence

Biological Psychiatry

Child & Adolescent Mental Health

CPT Coding Changes


Disaster Responsiveness

Evidence Based Practices

Health Reform & Behavioral Health

Integration of Physical & Behavioral Health

Medicaid Reimbursement

Medicare Reimbursement

Mental Health Parity

Quality Measures

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prevention, Early Detection, and Intervention

Reducing Readmissions

Suicide Prevention


News Items

Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Grant

Behavioral Health in the News

AHA News Now

Archive of Behavioral Health Update


About AHA


Member Constituency Sections

Key Relationships

News Center

Performance Improvement

Advocacy Issues

Products & Services


Research & Trends


155 N. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60606

800 10th Street, N.W.
Two CityCenter, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20001-4956