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Malka Berro

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Act Now to Support CCBHCs, Register for Harm Reduction Webinar

August 8, 2021 | Uncategorized | Comments
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“We’re also reconceptualizing what’s now a suicide hotline to be a mental health or behavioral health crisis line… We anticipate that as 988 gets put into place, as people begin describing it as a crisis hotline, that there will be more calls and we’ll need to shore up that entire kind of infrastructure.” – Chuck Ingoglia, President and CEO, National Council for Mental Wellbeing, in a recent Roll Call article: Mental Health Advocates Seek Crisis Hotline Expansion Resources.


ASPE Report on State Residential Treatment Facilities

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report on residential treatment facilities for mental health and substance use conditions. The report describes regulatory provisions and Medicaid policy for residential treatment in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Register: Harm Reduction during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Strategies from the Field

Register today to hear experts from the field discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on harm reduction and harm reduction strategies that can be adapted and replicated to better serve the needs of people who use drugs. Results from a comprehensive environmental scan on the pandemic’s impact on harm reduction will also be discussed. Join us on Tuesday, August 24, from 2-3pm ET.



Urge Your Legislators to Cosponsor the Excellence Act. Since launching in 2017, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) have dramatically increased access to comprehensive, community-based mental health and substance use disorder treatment. The Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act (H.R. 4323/S. 2069) would allow all states to participate CCBHC demonstration and authorizes funding for current grantees. Contact your legislators today and urge them to cosponsor and pass the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act.  We cannot get this important piece of legislation across the finish line without your help.


Apply to be a National Council Ambassador. The Ambassador Network is designed for individuals who have existing and close relationships with members of congress and are willing to utilize them to achieve mental health and substance use policy wins in Washington, D.C. National Council Ambassadors receive advanced advocacy training, up-to-the minute information and support from National Council staff. Learn more and apply today!



President Signs Opioid Disposal Bill into Law. Last week, President Biden signed the Dispose Unused Medications and Prescription (DUMP) Opioids Act into law. This law requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to create periods during which individuals can dispose of a controlled medication at VA medical facilities.