Behavioral Health

One in four Americans experiences a mental illness or substance use 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. 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 is used to include both psychiatric and substance use disorders. Persons with behavioral health needs may suffer from either or both.

Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health

AHA Publications New Initiative Looks to Close Behavioral Health Gaps H&HN (Oct. 12, 2017) Better Care for Patients in Crisis: American Association for Emergency Psychiatry President Leslie Zun, M.D., talks about meeting psychiatric needs in the ED H&HN (...

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

AHA Opioid Toolkit Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic (October 2017) This toolkit, released by the AHA, provides guidance and information to hospitals and health systems on how they can partner with patients, clinicians and communities to address the opioid epidemic. De...

Behavioral Health Community Collaborations

AHA Publications New Mexico Psychiatrists, Police Collaborate on Behavioral Health H&HN (October 3, 2017) Why Hospitals Are Housing the Homeless H&HN (January 5, 2017) Military hospital’s wild garden puts nature’s healing effects to the test Health Facilities Management (Nove...

Behavioral Health - Deconstructing Stigma

AHA Resources/Publications Educate Clinicians and Collaborate to Combat Opioid Addiction: AHA Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic AHA urges CMS to exert greater oversight of mental health parity in Medicaid, CHIP Mental Health Month & Hospitals' Role in Providing Menta...

Behavioral Health - Advocacy, Access and Coverage Resources

Federal Legislative and Regulatory Activities The 21 Century Cures Act AHA Legislative Advisory: The 21 Century Cures Act 12/7/16 Comprehensive Behavioral Health Reform AHA to Sen. McConnell Re: Senate Vote on Meaningful Mental Health Reform Legislation (August 29, 2016) AHA to ...

Behavioral Health - Key Issues

Access and Coverage Disaster Responsiveness Evidence Based Practices Health Reform & Behavioral Health Integration of Physical & Behavioral Health Medicaid Reimbursement Medicare Reimbursement Mental Health Parity Opioid Epidemic Quality Measures Prevention, Early ...

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 ...

Behavioral Health Hospitals & Services

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, t...

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