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Becoming a member of the National Council for Behavioral Health puts you in excellent company and signals your interest in being counted among the most involved and forward-thinking behavioral healthcare organizations in the country. Our members are leaders in their communities and within the broad healthcare community.

If you seek to heighten your organization’s presence, expand its influence, improve its operations, and reach out in new and innovative ways, membership in the National Council is a must. Membership in the National Council gives all staff and board members of your organization access to a comprehensive array of member benefits.


The National Council encourages membership from:

  • Organizations that deliver mental health and addiction treatment and support services to adults, children, and families — behavioral health organizations, community mental health centers, community health centers, consumer run programs, residential providers, child welfare agencies, club houses, rehabilitation programs, etc.
  • Hospitals that provide mental health and/or addiction disorder treatment.
  • County behavioral health departments and regional boards.
  • Managed care organizations that allocate resources, oversee services, and/or directly provide services.
  • Local associations of health and human services organizations.

The National Council for Behavioral Health has a network of state and regional associations, many whose members are also National Council members, that serve the interests of community behavioral healthcare provider organizations in their states. In addition, there are a growing number of state departments of mental health and/or substance use disorder treatment services that have joined the National Council as state members.

Our association and state members are able to take advantage of exclusive opportunities to network with each other and other National Council and industry leaders at twice yearly meetings of our board of directors, association/state members, corporate partners, and affiliate members, as well as at our annual conference, and through a members-only association/state listserv. Association and State members also provide input to the Public Policy Committee of the National Council Board.


The National Council for Behavioral Health offers affiliate membership to qualified entities — health care vendors, systems, consultants, and other colleague organizations that that offer a range of products and services for behavioral healthcare field and are committed to hope and recovery for persons with mental illnesses and addictions.

Affiliate Members have an unprecedented opportunity to interact with and engage National Council members — the largest and most renowned behavioral healthcare organizations in the country. Partnering with the National Council and our members, you can be an intrinsic part of our public policy action and cutting-edge practice improvement initiatives.

Affiliate membership also opens up a dynamic marketplace where you will have ample opportunity to tap, cultivate, and expand new sources of business. As an “insider,” you’ll gain valuable knowledge and insight into emerging business opportunities that may be ripe for exploration or problem areas in need of unique solutions.


We are committed to ensuring that your organization sees a significant return on investment for your National Council membership. The National Council membership year runs from October 1 to September 30 and membership applications are accepted throughout the year with prorated fees.

Direct service organizations             $4,484

Associations                                        $5,870

Affiliates                                               $9,000

To learn more, request information today.