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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 health care’s premier behavioral health conference. Each spring, executives, board members and staff from the nation’s community mental health and addiction treatment organizations come together for this can’t miss event that features the latest innovations, science and business and clinical best practices. Watch all the […]

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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

Bipartisan House Bill Joins Senate Legislation to Fund Mental Health First Aid

Congresswomen Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) introduced the Mental Health First Aid Act, a bill authorizing $20 million in grants for Mental Health First Aid trainings around the [...]

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Nine Inspiring Hope Awards Honor Contributions to Mental Health and Addiction Care

The National Council for Behavioral Health and Eli Lilly and Company will honor nine 2015 Inspiring Hope Awards honorees for their outstanding contributions to improving the lives of those living [...]

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Chicago’s Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center Honored with National Award

The Living Room is a unique program that allows adults in psychiatric crisis to avoid the emergency room. The program welcomes anyone who needs to talk or feels upset, vulnerable [...]

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