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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.

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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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Membership

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
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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 practices.

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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

Iowa Business and Civic Leaders Urge Governor Branstad to Apply for Federal Grant to Address Mental Health Services and Addiction Treatment

The National Council for Behavioral Health applauds the diverse group of Iowa business and civic leaders who today urged Governor Branstad to apply for a planning grant from the federal [...]

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Ohio Business and Civic Leaders Urge Governor Kasich to Apply for Federal Grant to Address Mental Health Services and Addiction Treatment

The National Council for Behavioral Health applauds the diverse group of Ohio business and civic leaders who today urged Governor Kasich to apply for a planning grant from the federal [...]

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National Council applauds Supreme Court’s decision to keep health coverage affordable, equal

The National Council for Behavioral Health applauds the Supreme Court’s decision today in King v. Burwell to uphold federal tax subsidies that help millions of Americans purchase health insurance from [...]

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