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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 2014
National Council Awards of Excellence

The National Council Awards of Excellence — comprising the  Inspiring Hope, Advocacy Leadership, and Impact awards — honor the achievements of individuals with mental illness and addiction disorders; 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 […]

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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
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. Get a taste of 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

National Council for Behavioral Health Welcomes Alicia Aebersold, Becky Vaughn, and Heather Cobb to its Leadership

Positions support continued growth in advancing behavioral health across all sectors of public health and healthcare Contact: Susan Partain, susanp@thenationalcouncil.org or 202.684.7457 x232 Washington, DC (September 3, 2014) —The National [...]

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National Council Selects 29 Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse Initiative Participants

Contact: Heather Cobb at heatherc@thenationalcouncil.org or 202.684.7457 x277 Washington, DC (September 2, 2014) — The National Council for Behavioral Health announced the 29 community behavioral health organizations from across six [...]

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National Council Holds Mental Health First Aid for Military, Veterans, and Their Families in Washington DC

Contact: Communications@TheNationalCouncil.org or 202.684.7457 Washington, DC (August 21 2014) — The National Council for Behavioral Health held a Mental Health First Aid for Military, Veterans, and Their Familes training today [...]

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