Behavioral Health

One in four Americans experiences a mental illness or substance abuse disorder each year, and the majority also has a comorbid physical health condition. Hospitals and health systems provide essential behavioral health care services to millions of Americans every day. In recent years, the challenges and barriers to providing these behavioral health services have increased significantly. In response, hospitals and health care systems have redoubled their efforts to establish community partnerships and expanded approaches to providing effective treatment options, including better integration of behavioral health care services into the broader health care continuum.

The American Hospital Association has a long-standing commitment to support member efforts to deliver high-quality, accessible behavioral health services. Consistent with that commitment, this web page is designed to provide easy access to information and tools that will assist them in navigating the changing behavioral health care system and understanding national, state and local activities affecting behavioral health.

SAMHSA-HRSA Webinar: Understanding the Myths and Facts of Access to Primary Care for People with Mental Illness (Held April 2017)

Update on Key Issues in the Behavioral Health Care Field (April 2017)

AHA Legislative Advisory: The 21st Century Cures Act (December 7, 2016)

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

AHA Quality Advisory: Ending the Opioid Epidemic: New Patient Education Tool and Other Resources for Hospitals (June 2016)

Triple Aim Strategies to Improve Behavioral Health Care (February 2016)  |  Infographic (September 2016)

Recordings & Materials of Past “Best Practice" Webinars & Conference Calls on Behavioral Health

Advocating Access and Coverage Knowledge Exchange

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