Behavioral Health

This web page is designed to provide easy access to information and tools that will assist AHA member hospitals and health systems in navigating the changing behavioral health care system and understanding national, state and local activities affecting behavioral health.

Hospitals and health systems provide essential behavioral health care services to millions of Americans every day. 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.

If you or a loved one are experiencing an emotional crisis or thoughts of suicide, support is available. Click here to learn more about free services, providing confidential support, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Advocacy & Regulatory

Through its advocacy and regulatory work, the AHA supports members in providing high-quality behavioral health services. This section highlights the latest of these efforts and key topics impacted by them, including full implementation of the parity law, modification/elimination of 42CFR-Part 2, expanding funding for opiate use disorder treatment, appropriate quality measures, and more.

Access & Capacity

Key barriers to receiving high-quality behavioral health services include lack of comprehensive health plan coverage with adequate providers in network; access to affordable care, in the least restrictive setting at the right time; and lack of a robust complete continuum of coordinated care in many communities. The resources in this section offer examples of solutions to many of these challenges as well as ways members are innovating to adapt to the changing landscape of behavioral health care.

Awareness & Prevention

The resources in this section help educate and inform hospitals and health systems on the importance and value of reducing stigma, as well as prevention and early intervention initiatives for individuals with behavioral health disorders. The resources include examples of how hospitals and health systems can take steps to reduce stigma and normalize the treatment; create a culture of acceptance of the science behind and the importance of seeking mental health treatment, and the value of integrating physical and behavioral health in primary care.

Clinical Innovation

Innovation in behavioral health treatment is on the rise. The resources in this area showcase multiple clinical innovations, including how the integration of physical and behavioral health improves patient outcomes and satisfaction, and reduces the total cost of care; how digital solutions can expand access to care and fill gaps in the continuum of care, and more.

Other Resources

The American Opioid Epidemic in Special Populations: Five Examples

This NAM Perspectives discussion paper identifies the unique needs of special populations including justice-involved populations, rural populations, adolescents, veterans, and people who inject drugs, and discusses promising approaches and critical research priorities needed to ensure improved care and reduced mortality for these populations.

This is not an AHA-affiliated resource and may not reflect our views.

Managing Distress: Grounding Tips for Crime Victims, Survivors and Family Members of Mass Violence Incidents (MVIs)

The events that unfolded in the Nation’s Capital on January 6, 2021 were deeply upsetting to many people. This National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center tip sheet offers resources and practical things people can do to help reduce the stress produced by these types of situations.

This is not an AHA-affiliated resource and may not reflect our views.

Get Help Now

If you or a loved one are experiencing an emotional crisis or thoughts of suicide, support is available. The following services provide free, confidential support and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For emotional support related to COVID-19, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

For those experiencing a suicidal crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

 

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