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Since 2005, the National Council’s Annual Public Policy Institute and Hill Day has grown from 50 to 600+ attendees – a more than ten-fold increase. This free, two-day event brings together hundreds of behavioral health providers, administrators, board members, consumers and community stakeholders in D.C. for a day of sessions and workshops on federal behavioral health policy. After these sessions, Hill Day attendees take to Capitol Hill to advocate for better resources for mental health and addictions treatment in their communities.

National Council Hill Day is held in partnership with 14 national advocacy organizations, including: NAMI, Mental Health America, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, International Bipolar Foundation, Legal Action Center, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy, National Association of Social Workers, NAADAC the Association for Addiction Professionals, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, the Network for Social Work Management, Young People in Recovery and Association for Recovery Schools.

National Council Hill Day 2016 will take place June 6-7, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Past Hill Day successes INCLUDE:
  1. Passage of a demonstration program based on the Excellence in Mental Health Act, and the introduction of legislation to expand the demonstration project in 2016;
  2. $15 million appropriation in the 2014 budget for Mental Health First Aid training and a continuation of that funding for each consecutive year;
  1. Recruitment of dozens of new cosponsors for legislative priorities such as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, the Behavioral Health IT Act, the Mental Health First Aid Act, and more; and
  2. Funding in the 2016 budget, including:
  • Preserving $50 million in annual funding for the Primary Care-Behavioral Health Integration program, which funds behavioral health organizations engaged in co-locating primary and behavioral health care services;
  • $50 million increase for the Mental Health Block Grant, including a 10 percent required set-aside for early intervention services; and
  • $38 million increase for the Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Block Grant.
What do Hill Day Attendees say?
  • “Consistently, the National Council gives great access to the people who make decisions and shape policy in agencies. Materials and info are excellent.”
  • “[Hill Day] was great! This was my first time on Capitol Hill and the preparation on Monday made for the successes on Tuesday.”
  • “As a first time attendee, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience – has given me a new perspective to bring home. Definitely plan on coming again!”
  • “Hill Day made all of us feel we had closer connections with folks that appropriate money to support our public programs.”


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