2017 will be a critical year for constituent and consumer advocacy in support of addictions and mental health priorities. With major changes proposed to the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and behavioral health funding, NOW is the time to act to protect consumers’ access to care.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION POLICY AGENDA
The National Council promotes public policies that support a strong addiction and mental health safety net. Our public policy agenda includes:
- Promoting federal initiatives that support public education on mental illness and addiction such as the Mental Health First Aid Act.
- Ensuring implementation and expansion of federal funding for community behavioral health organizations, as outlined in the Excellence in Mental Health Act.
- Promoting and funding financial resources and incentives to help states and local governments expand drug treatment, prevention and recovery efforts, as in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.
- Preserving funding for other important behavioral health programs such as the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and other programs funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
- Working to ensure that behavioral health providers are eligible for health information technology incentives, as in the Behavioral Health IT Act.
- Protecting federal funding for Medicaid and protecting beneficiaries and providers.
- Ensuring behavioral health’s full inclusion in health reform implementation.
GET INVOLVED IN ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY!
Grassroots advocates are the cornerstone of success in Washington, D.C. Here’s how you can get involved in protecting the U.S. behavioral health safety net:
- Participate in the latest Call to Action and Act NOW
- Learn about mental health and addiction policy on our blog, Capitol Connector.
- Write a message to your legislators in support of behavioral health
- Attend the National Council’s annual advocacy event, Hill Day.
- Take your advocacy to the next level by joining the Ambassadors Network.