Behavioral Health

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.*

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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.

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* 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

This is a list of resources that will help you to integrate physical and behavioral health care. It includes AHA publications, executive dialogue series, webinars, conference calls, members in action publications, and other resources. Executive Dialogue Series, Webinars and Calls ...

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic - Resources

*/ These opioid epidemic resources include AHA resources and others addressing clinician education on prescribing practices, nonopioid pain management, addressing stigma, treatment options for opioid use disorder, patient family and caregiver education, transitions of care, safeguar...

Behavioral Health Community Collaborations

This list of publications, educational recordings, and case studies has been compiled to help you in your efforts to understand and foster behavioral health community collaborations. Executive Dialogue Series, Webinars, and Conference Calls Project SHOUT (Support for Hospital Opioi...

Behavioral Health - Combating Stigma

Learn more about addressing and combating the stigma of behavioral health issues and substance use disorders with this list of educational resources. AHA Webinars and Conference Calls St. Vincent’s, Jacksonville, the ROI of Mental Health First Aid: How a local Collaborative impr...

Suicide Prevention Resources

Access resources focused on suicide prevention, including Members in Action case studies, webinars, member calls, campaigns and publications. Members in Action Blount Memorial Hospital: Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Alliance Henry Ford Health System: How We Dram...

Behavioral Health: State Issues and Activities

Learn more about state-level issues and efforts regarding access to behavioral health care with this list of articles and publications. Access to Behavioral Health Care in Massachusetts: The Basics, The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (July 2017) Physical and Behavi...

Behavioral Health - Key Issues

Read about advocacy efforts and digital resources by the American Hospital Association on key behavioral health issues including quality measures, workforce training, integration of care and more. Disaster Responsiveness Integration of Physical & Behavioral Health Mental Health P...

Mental Health Parity

AHA Resources AHA News: HHS Releases Plan to Better Enforce Parity Requirements, April 25, 2018 Webinar Recording: Improving Behavioral Health Margins and Making the Parity Law work for Patients & Providers, December 2017 AHA News: CMS issues FAQs on Medicaid/CHIP mental health...

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Press Releases
“America’s hospitals and health systems are on the front lines of the opioid crisis that is ravaging communities across the nation and costing nearly 150…
Other Resources
Update on Key Issues in the Behavioral Health Care Field: September 2018
Join Susan Kimper, director, Behavioral Health, Naples Community Hospital (NCH) Healthcare System for a special 45-minute AHA members-only webinar presentation…
AHA comments on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) notice of proposed rulemaking on aggregate production quotas for Schedule I and II controlled…
Case Studies
Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center case study