In collaboration with our members, partner organizations, and the mental health and substance use treatment advocacy community, the National Council works to increase access to high-quality mental health and substance use treatment services.
Our Policy Team leads engagement with government officials and representatives, creates legislative and regulatory analysis, and drives coalition building within the advocacy community that strengthens our collective voice.
We fight to advance policies that:
Increase access to mental health and substance use care
We advocate for expanding current and proposed care delivery structures and innovative payment models, including Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs).
Protect and grow community resources
We advocate for substance use programs addressing the overdose crisis, mental health and substance use programs associated with awareness, such as Mental Health First Aid, as well as prevention and treatment initiatives including recovery and housing supports for people with mental health and substance use challenges.
Support the mental health and substance use treatment workforce
We advocate for initiatives aimed at retaining, developing, and attracting staff, reducing burnout, and creating a strong workforce pipeline for the future.
Bolster mental health and substance use crisis care services
We advocate for crisis care services nationwide, including supporting the infrastructure needed to implement 988, the nation’s new three-digit hotline for anyone experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. Learn more about 988 through this implementation playbook for providers, this messaging framework, and through SAMHSA’s dedicated 988 website.
Reduce stigma and prevent discrimination
We fight to reduce stigma and prevent discrimination against people with mental health and substance use challenges by implementing & enforcing parity.
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