Behavioral health disorders affect nearly one in five Americans and have community-wide impacts.
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.*
Behavioral Health Trendwatch 2019
Behavioral Health Care is High-value Care
Market Insights: Behavioral Health integration
By taking an aggressive and proactive approach to behavioral health integration in their communities, hospitals and health systems can see more patients using their outpatient care services and fewer patients using their EDs. This new report from the AHA Center for Health Innovation shares practices from hospitals and health systems that are working to integrate behavioral health into all care settings and collaborate with their communities for better health outcomes.Learn More
* Behavioral health is used to include both psychiatric and substance use disorders. Persons with behavioral health needs may suffer from either or both.
- Behavioral Health Suite In ED Better Serves Patients Experiencing Behavioral Health Emergencies, May 2019
- Integrating Behavioral Health Services into Patient-Centered Medical Home Primary Care Practices
- Psychiatric Urgent Care Clininc Expands Access to Behavioral Health Care
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