Psychiatric and Substance Use Services

We want to engage you and your team to shape behavioral health services* in America. Section membership is diverse and strong with executives from general hospitals, regional and national health systems, and freestanding psychiatric and addiction hospitals.

Get Involved. Through AHA’s Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services, you can shape the future of access, coverage and delivery of behavioral health.

Engagement Opportunities:

  • Learn With and From Your Peers & Leaders | Join in strategic dialogues anchored by experts sharing best practices.
  • Become a Thought Leader | Keep up with the latest resources, innovations, and movement in Washington, D.C., through Section and AHA Communications.
  • Shape National Health Policy | AHA looks to Section members for their expertise and guidance as we respond to proposed legislation and regulations. We welcome hearing your voice informally on an ad hoc basis, or formally through an advisory or affinity group, a council, committee, or board.
  • Offer Knowledge Exchange | Share the innovative work of your organization with the field, through podcasts, written interviews, Hill testimony, webinars, or strategic dialogues.

See below to read more on related topics.


* 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

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 sup...

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic - Resources

*/ AHA Resources Download the PDF 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 opi...

Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health

Executive Dialogue Series, Webinars and Calls Innovations in Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health Services - Intermountain Healthcare Inc. (May 22, 2018) Montefiore Health System, Bronx, NY: Enhancing Behavioral Health Care with Smartphone Technology (April 11, 2018) Sanfo...

Behavioral Health Community Collaborations

Executive Dialogue Series, Webinars, and Conference Calls Project SHOUT (Support for Hospital Opioid Use Treatment): Zuckerberg San Francisco General, San Francisco, CA (November 13, 2018) Jefferson Health - New Jersey: South Jersey Behavioral Health Innovation Collaborative - CEOs Im...

Behavioral Health - Combating Stigma

AHA Webinars and Conference Calls St. Vincent’s, Jacksonville, the ROI of Mental Health First Aid: How a local Collaborative improves timely access to care and reduces stigma (Aug. 29, 2018) Be the Change: Allina Health’s Effort to Eliminate Stigma around Mental Health and Addicti...

Behavioral Health - Key Issues

Disaster Responsiveness Integration of Physical & Behavioral Health Mental Health Parity Quality Measures Prevention, Early Detection, and Intervention Reducing Readmissions Suicide Prevention Resources Tele-Psych Workforce Shortage, Training and Education For more resourc...

Behavioral Health: State Issues 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) Le...

Related Resources

Letter/Comment
The AHA today expressed support for the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act (H.R.1767/S. 824), bipartisan legislation that would…
Letter/Comment
Public
AHA letter to Representative Brad Schneider expressing support for legislation, H.R. 2439, the Opioid Workforce Act of 2019,
Advisory
Member
On Oct. 24, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and…
Webinars
Member
AHA’s The Value Initiative and Section for Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Services are hosting a virtual workshop series exploring how hospitals
Podcasts
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Resources
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April 2019 Behavioral Health Update