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The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and substance use treatment organizations. Together with our
2,000 + member organizations employing 750,000 staff, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 8 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life.

A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s mission is to advance our members’ ability
to deliver integrated healthcare.

Mental Health First Aid

1 in 5 Americans has a mental illness and many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. The symptoms of mental illness can be difficult to detect — even when friends and family of someone who appears to be developing mental illness can tell that something is amiss, they may not know how [...]

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Awards of Excellence 2014
National Council Awards of Excellence

The National Council Awards of Excellence — comprising the  Inspiring Hope, Advocacy Leadership, and Impact awards — honor the achievements of individuals with mental illness and addiction disorders; the clinicians and treatment teams that care for them; the advocates and leaders who tell their stories to educate and encourage community support; and the organizations that […]

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Members of the National Council for Behavioral Health are healthcare organizations and healthcare management entities offering treatment and supports to more than 8 million adults and children living with mental illness and addiction disorders. Membership is organizational and the benefits of membership extend to all staff and board members in an organization.

National Council Conference
Conference 365

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU APRIL 20 – 22, 2015 IN ORLANDO at Conference ’15!   Watch Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Keynote! Get a taste of the National Council conference…       …Download the Program or our NatCon14 app to see the National Council Conference’s full line-up of 2014 speakers, sessions, special events and training, […]

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2013 Annual Report
Annual Report

Get the highlights from our year and what kind of impact we've made with and for our members including Mental Health First Aid, the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, and grassroots advocacy.

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News/Press Releases

New Mexico State Auditor Seeks Greater Federal Oversight of NM Department of Human Services

2013 Audit Marked by Process Issues Created Crisis That Left Thousands Without Care For Immediate Release Contact: Heather Cobb,, 703.599.1375 Washington, D.C. (July 17, 2014) — New Mexico State [...]

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National Council and Members of Congress Convene for Briefing on Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Officers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  Contact: Heather Cobb at 202-684-7457 x277 July 16, 2014                                                                        or                                                                                                            Kirk Monroe at 202-207-3646                                                                                                    National Council and [...]

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National Council Applauds Sen. Ayotte and New Hampshire Mental Health Leaders for Week-Long Mental Health First Aid Training

Innovative Program Promotes Proven Techniques to Recognize and Respond to Mental Illness and Addiction  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Council for Behavioral Health announced its support for the week-long Mental [...]

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