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. Click here to learn more about the Value of AHA membership for Behavioral Health Providers.


triple aim behavioral health

 Members-Only Calls & Webinars

The Value of Patient/Peer Advisory Groups: Improving Behavioral Health Services at Northern Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA, January 18, 2017, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern

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

 Important News

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.

Report: 7 Steps to Expand the Behavioral Health Capabilities of Your Workforce: A Guide to Help Move You Forward (October 2016)

Latest Issue of Behavioral Health Update

Latest Advocacy News on Behavioral Health

AHA Behavioral Health News Stories

AHA Comments on Psychiatric Quality Measures:  Transitions

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.

Section Membership


2017 Council Roster

2017 RPB Roster

2017 Designated Appointments

2017 Council Member Bios

2017 Council Calendar

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

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