Make Behavioral Health More Accessible: Are You Up for the Challenge?

Make Behavioral Health More Accessible: Are You Up for the Challenge? A man's face projected on a pair of hands covering a person's face.One in five American adults live with a behavioral disorder. Roughly half of these people don’t receive treatment. So, what should the health care field do to improve access and affordability?

The 2020 AHA Innovation Challenge aims to disrupt behavioral health care, inspire new strategies and test bold ideas that will make it easier for people living with psychiatric or substance-use disorders to obtain and afford better treatment, shatter the stigma commonly associated with behavioral health conditions and change lives for the better.

Sponsored by First American Healthcare Finance and open to all AHA members and their partners, the challenge will be judged on the following criteria: increase access, reduce costs and improve health outcomes. Applications must be submitted by May 15. The top three proposals will receive $100,000, $25,000 and $15,000, respectively, to bring their ideas to life. Award recipients will be honored at the AHA Leadership Summit July 19-21 in San Diego.

To learn more about submission requirements and to access the application form, visit the 2020 AHA Innovation Challenge website.

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