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 Council.

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January 18 The Value of Patient/Peer Advisory Groups: Improving Behavioral Health Services at Northern Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

December 13 Morrison County’s Success in Combating Prescription Drug Abuse

December 7 Expanding Mental Health Services in the Face of a Workforce Shortage

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Latest Behavioral Health Update: Feb. 2017

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Why Hospital Leaders Need to Think Creatively About Behavioral Health:  AHA’s H&HN speaks with Wayne Young, SVP, behavioral health, JPS Health Network and Section Governing Council Chair.

How Hospitals are Fighting on the Frontlines of the Opioid Crisis:  AHA’s H&HN examines how hospitals are fighting on the frontlines of the opioid crisis. 

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Press Release: Ann Schumacher to Lead AHA's Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services

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