Behavioral Health: State Issues and Activities

State Resources and Activities

Access to Behavioral Health Care in Massachusetts: The Basics, The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (July 2017)

Physical and Behavioral Health Integration: State Policy Approaches to Support Key Infrastructure, National Academy for State Health Policy (May 2017)

Levels of Care for Rhode Island Emergency Departments and Hospitals for Treating Overdose and Opioid Use Disorder, Rhode Island Dept. of Health, Dept. of Behavioral Healthcare and Hospitals Developmental Disabilities (March 2017)

Sharing Accountability: State and Local Collaborations to Address the Behavioral Health Needs of Justice-Involved Individuals, National Academy for State Health Policy (January 2017)

Eight states to participate in Medicaid behavioral health demonstration, AHA News Now (January 2017)

Community partners: Improving mental health in rural Minnesota, Minnesota Hospital Association (November 2016)

The State of Mental Health in America, California Hospital Association (2016)

Approaches in Implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act: Best Practices From the States, SAMHSA (August 2016)

Amid Shortage of Psychiatric Beds, Mentally Ill Face Long Waits for Treatment, The Pew Charitable Trusts (August 2016)

CMCS Technical Assistance Resource mailbox for Parity Final Rule (Email:, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (July 2016)

NHHA Officially Joins Campaign to Change Direction New Hampshire, New Hampshire Hospital Association (July 22, 2016)

In New Jersey, redesign of mental health care services drives competitors to collaborate, AHA News (June 2016)

Recovery coaches in emergency departments to intervene and provide follow up peer counseling: Recovery Coaches Guide and Rhode Island-Recovery Coaches, Hospital Association of Rhode Island (April 2016)

State task forces to develop statewide strategies, Washington State Hospital Association (April 2016)

Association behavioral health task force to develop statewide strategies, The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (April 2016)

Community-based pilot program to reduce readmissions, North Carolina Hospital Association (April 2016)

ASPE Issue Brief: Benefits of Medicaid expansion for behavioral health, HHS, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (March 2016)

State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis, American Telemedicine Association (January 2016)

The Right Step: Governor Calls for Increased Funds for Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services, New Jersey Hospital Association Blog (January 2016)

Resources on state laws mandating/regulating mental health benefits (December 2015)

Maryland Hospital Association's Maryland Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing Guidelines (2015)

Massachusetts Hospital Association Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force

Mental & Behavioral Health: Options & Opportunities for Minnesota, Minnesota Hospital Association (December 2015)

Report: Medicaid Behavioral Health: Health System Perspectives on Barriers to Care and Payment, Colorado Hospital Association (November 2015)

Improving Access to Mental Health Care Factsheet, Minnesota Hospital Association (November 2015)

Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems, South Carolina Institute of Public Health (May 2015)