Will You Join the Movement?
It’s been a big year for mental health and substance use on Capitol Hill: from passing the Excellence in Mental Health Act to increasing funding for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, establishing federal grants for Mental Health First Aid training, and blocking a Medicare proposal to revoke protected status for mental health drugs. But our work is far from over.
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Congressional Cosponsors Join Behavioral Health Bills After Hill Day
Several members of Congress have added themselves as cosponsors to the Mental Health First Aid Act and Behavioral Health IT Act in the wake of the National Council’s 10th annual Hill Day, held May 7 in Washington, D.C.
Hill Day brought more than 1,200 mental health and substance use advocates to DC for three days of public policy workshops and trainings, followed by visits with their legislators to advocate for our field’s priorities.
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Highlights from NatCon14
This week, over 4,000 mental health and substance use providers, executives, consumers, family members and other stakeholders descended on Washington D.C. for the annual National Council Conference and Hill Day. We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did! In case you missed it, here are a few of the week’s highlights:
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Patrick Kennedy to Speak at National Council Conference and Hill Day
In the mental health and substance use field, Patrick Kennedy requires no introduction. We all know him for the political legacy for which he fought tirelessly (parity), for his passionate commitment to improved behavioral healthcare and increased brain research, and for bravely sharing his own experiences with bipolar disorder and addiction while in Congress.
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Senator Kelly Ayotte to Speak at Conference/Hill Day ‘14
The National Council is pleased to announce that Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will give a keynote address at the 2014 National Council Conference and Hill Day. Senator Ayotte is a leader in advocating for the improvement of public policies that affect the millions of people with mental health and substance use problems.
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Year in Review: Progress for Behavioral Health on the Hill
The beginning of a new year is always a time for reflection on our achievements over the last twelve months and setting goals for what we hope to accomplish in the coming twelve. 2014 is an especially exciting time to do this because of how far we’ve come with our legislative priorities, thanks to unprecedented support in Congress and the outstanding support from advocates like you.
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Behavioral Health Advocates Make Waves at Hill Day 2013
On September 16-17, behavioral health providers, consumers, and family members from all over the country converged on Washington, DC to urge their legislators to support a strong behavioral health safety net.
Hill Day 2013 featured a full day of workshops to update attendees on the latest policy development and train them on effective advocacy techniques, followed by a day of meetings with elected officials to urge their support for key behavioral health legislation. Hill Day is a central part of the National Council’s advocacy efforts – and it has tangible results. Here are just a few of the successes this year’s attendees generated:
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What do Medicaid payment rates, Congress, and a pep rally have in common?
You may be aware that community behavioral health organizations get paid, on average, only 70% of the cost of providing intensive community-based care.
But did you know that legislation before Congress would fix this inequity, raising Medicaid reimbursement rates for organizations that meet specified criteria? The Excellence in Mental Health Act would put behavioral health providers on equal footing with other safety net entities like community health centers and public hospitals, a long-overdue change.
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Top 5 Best Kept Secrets of Hill Day 2013
Are you new to Hill Day? Or are you an 8-time attendee? Either way, we bet you didn’t know these top 5 best-kept secrets about Hill Day 2013!
5. Hill Day offers unrivaled opportunities for networking with your colleagues. 2013 will be our biggest Hill Day event ever – with attendees ranging from CEOs to board members, peer counselors, consumers, and more!
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