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The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with 2,300 member organizations, it serves more than eight million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. The organization is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. The National Council, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health pioneered Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. and has trained 450,000 individuals to connect youth and adults in need to mental health and addictions care in their communities.

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 2016

As the world of behavioral healthcare evolves, so have the National Council Awards of Excellence. The esteemed Awards of Excellence have grown to be a foundation for inspiration and change. Comprised of the Inspiring Hope, Advocacy Leadership and Impact awards, they honor the achievements of individuals with mental illnesses and addictions; the clinicians and treatment […]

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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 #NatCon16 The National Council Conference is health care’s behavioral health conference. Each spring, executives, board members, thought leaders, and behavioral health professionals from the nation’s community health, mental health, and addiction care organizations come together for this can’t miss event that features the latest innovations, science and business and clinical best […]

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

For Mental Health Awareness and Fundraising, Australian Motorcyclists Hit the American Road

Coast-to-Coast Ride to Benefit Mental Health First Aid WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 — Sixty-five Australian motorcyclists, in a nation over 15,000 miles from home, depart Sunday, Sept. 13 on a U.S. [...]

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Survivor, Thought Leader Wins National Voice Award for Work in Trauma-Informed Care

Cheryl Sharp uses lived experience to guide her professional work and leadership WASHINGTON – By the time Cheryl Sharp reached the age of 24, she had survived multiple suicide attempts, lost [...]

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Pioneering Trauma-Informed Primary Care Initiative Launches

Primary care organizations selected for this initiative will play a significant role in shaping the future of the health care system by recognizing and responding to the significant impact that [...]

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