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About the National Council for Behavioral Health

The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 3,326 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 1.5 million Americans have been trained.

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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 operated 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.