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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

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 to educate and encourage community support; and the organizations that promote […]

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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 healthcare conference, attended by executives, board members, and staff from the nation’s community mental health and substance use treatment organizations. Each year, this can’t miss event features the latest innovations, science, and business and clinical best practices.    ”The National Council Conference […]

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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

Connect 4 Mental Health® Community Innovation Awards Program Honors Four Community-Based Organizations Addressing Serious Mental Illness

In an effort to better address the needs of the estimated 40 percent of adults living with serious mental illness who do not receive mental health services, Connect 4 Mental [...]

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Medication Restrictions Significantly Affect Mental Health Treatment Outcomes

Medication Restrictions Significantly Affect Mental Health Treatment Outcomes New Survey Cites Formulary Restrictions, Prior Authorization and “Fail-First” Rules as Obstacles Contact: Todd Post, 202.684.7457, x276             [...]

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myStrength announces expansion of digital self-care resources to now include substance use disorder

myStrength introduced an interactive mobile and web-based resources for managing substance use disorder, complementing a range of existing self-care applications for depression, anxiety, and psychological distress.

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