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The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addiction treatment organizations. Together with our 2,200+ member organizations employing 750,000 staff, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than eight million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addictions. 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 health care.

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
National Council Awards of Excellence 2015

We are thrilled to announce the 2015 Awards of Excellence honorees. The National Council Awards of Excellence — comprising the  Inspiring Hope, Advocacy Leadership, and Impact awards — honor the achievements of individuals with mental illnesses and addictions; the clinicians and treatment teams that care for them; the advocates and leaders who tell their stories […]

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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

National Council Conference #NatCon15 The National Council Conference is the nation’s premier specialty health care conference, attended by executives, board members and staff from the nation’s community mental health and addiction treatment organizations. Each year, this can’t miss event features the latest innovations, science and business and clinical best practices. Get a taste of the […]

Adapting to New Science: Dr. Steven S. Sharfstein
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

Medication Access Barriers Topic of Focus at International Mental Health Conference

National Council Presents to International Center of Mental Health Policy and Economics on Assessing Prescribers’ Perceptions of Medication Restriction Policies in Community Mental Health  Contact: Todd Post,, 202.684.7457, x276 Washington, DC: [...]

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Unique collaboration among MCOs, Daymark and myStrength to extend self-care technology across North Carolina

  Join myStrength’s webinar, “Embracing Technology: How Digital Treatment Extenders Add Value to the Services You Provide” on Tue., March 24, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT. Washington, DC (March 12, [...]

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First Lady: Mental Health First Aid “Really Gives You The Skills You Need to Identify – And Ultimately Help – Someone In Need.”

First Lady Obama exemplified Mental Health First Aid as a strategy to flip the script on how we support and care for people with mental health and substance use needs

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