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.


 Members-Only Calls & Webinars

Hospital and Health Systems Impacting the Opiate Crisis:  Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital’s Approach, Wednesday, February 24, 2016 3:30 pm ET

Using Technology:  Carolinas HealthCare System is Increasing Access to Behavioral Health, February 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm ET

 Important News

- The Mental Health Liaison Group Letter in support of S. 1893, the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act of 2015

- Community Partnerships: Vital to Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services, Spectrum, September/October 2015

- AHA Letter to Rep. Tom MacArthur Expressing Support for The Veterans' Mental Health Care Access Act (H.R. 1604)

- AHA Regulatory Advisory – Proposed Rule on Managed Care for Medicaid and CHIP

- AHA to Rep. Katherine Clark Expressing Support for Protecting Our Infants Act (S.799/H.R. 1462)

- AHA to CMS Re: The Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System

- AHA urges CMS to exert greater oversight of mental health parity in Medicaid, CHIP

- Annual Meeting Members-Only Briefings: Behavioral Health Care – Health Systems and Hospitals Partnering with their Communities

- AHA Members-Only Conference Call, May 6, 2015, Proposed Rule:  Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act Medicaid MCOs/ABPs, and CHIP

- Joint association letter to CMS on the NQF Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Quality Reporting program (IPF QR) measures

- AHA letter to Senator Benjamin L. Cardin supporting S. 599, the Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric Care Act of 2015 

Changing the Story About Mental Health in America

- SAMHSA Community Conversations About Mental Health


Section Membership


2016 Governing Council Roster

2016 Designated Appointments

2016 Governing Council Member Bios

2016 RPB Roster

Press Release: Stuart A. Buttlaire, Ph.D., M.B.A., to Lead AHA’s Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services

2016 Governance Calendar

The Value of Membership for Behavioral Health Providers

Nominations Information

Section Members-Only Calls and Webinars Members Only
Click HERE to view the archive.

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

Latest Issue Behavioral Health Update

Archive of Behavioral Health Update

Archive of Section Conference Call Recordings & Materials


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