About the National Council for Behavioral Health
The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with our 2,000 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — the more than eight million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. 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. The National Council pioneered Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. and has trained nearly 100,000 individuals to connect youth and adults in need to mental health and addictions care in their communities.
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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 healthcare.
The National Council advocates for policies that ensure that people who have mental health and substance use problems can access comprehensive healthcare services. We also offer state-of-the-science education and practice improvement consulting and resources to ensure services are efficient and effective.
The National Council coordinates the Mental Health First Aid program across the U.S and operates the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions to provide nationwide technical assistance on integrating primary and behavioral healthcare. We offer the annual National Council for Behavioral Health Conference featuring the best in leadership, organizational development, and excellence in mental health and addictions practice.
National Council Magazine, National Council Live webinars, and our Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research offer in-depth perspectives on current trends and hot topics in mental health and addictions — suicide prevention, trauma-informed care, the future of behavioral health, treating addictions as a disease, care for children and youth, integrated health and wellness, criminal justice and mental health collaboration, and more.
There’s a rich history behind community behavioral healthcare. Please dig deeper to learn about President Kennedy’s Community Mental Health Act and its impact felt today, 50 years later.