Lack of access to timely, high-quality treatment is the greatest barrier to a healthier America. The National Council for Behavioral Health is fighting to change that. We are fighting to build a nation that recognizes the essential truth:
Without mental health, there is no health. Without access to addiction treatment, recovery will be out of reach for many.
~Chuck Ingoglia, National Council President & CEO
Unite for Behavioral Health leverages the passion and expertise of our 3,326 member organizations, as well as our partners and staff, to lead the nation toward a future that values the whole health of every American.
We are focused on five essential objectives that represent the greatest opportunity to improve the health and well-being of the entire nation.
Hundreds of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) are leading a bold shift to integrate physical and mental health care. This is the model for the future and our goal is to extend it nationwide. Learn more about the CCBHC model and the current status of CCBHC expansion legislation.
The National Council is fighting to build capacity in our delivery system to ensure that everyone who seeks treatment is able to receive it. View the latest updates on federal addiction policy on our Capitol Connector blog.
We will work to support policies that incentivize more people to pursue careers in the addiction and mental health field. View the latest behavioral health workforce updates from Capitol Hill.
We are working to ensure full implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act in all 50 states. Where the parity law is not sufficient, we will work with advocates to change federal and state laws. Learn more about parity and the national and state efforts to strengthen implementation.
More than 2 million individuals have been trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). We will advocate for additional funding to ensure MHFA training is available to police officers, teachers and other critical audiences in every community. Learn more about the growing push for Mental Health First Aid policy activities in Congress and state legislatures, and download the Mental Health First Aid Advocacy Resource Guide to bring support for Mental Health First Aid to your state.
Download the full Unite for Behavioral Health Policy Agenda.
Public opinion consistently shows strong bipartisan support for expanding mental health and addiction treatment.
- Summary of 2020 public opinion – A bipartisan majority of voters (82%) think it is important for the federal government to increase funding to expand access to mental health and addiction treatment.
- Full 2020 polling results
- Summary of 2019 public opinion – 75% of Americans believe the country and the federal government are not doing enough to address mental health.
- Full 2019 polling results
- February 2020 Excellence Act National Support Letter – signed by 60+ national organizations
- Press release on Unite for Behavioral Health and public opinion research
- Chuck Ingoglia’s Op-Ed on Mental Health and Addiction Treatment
Summary of Public Opinion
Take Action Today
We invite you to join our efforts!
- Get Informed: Visit Capitol Connector, our public policy blog, or sign up for the weekly Capitol Connector e-newsletter.
- Join Us on the Hill: Register for Hill Day, our annual public policy conference and lobby day. Our voices are louder together!
- Write Your Legislators: Write to your legislators and speak up for policies to expand access to addiction and mental health care.
- Build Your Advocacy Skills: Download the National Council Advocacy Handbook.
- Take Your Advocacy to the Next Level: Join the National Council Ambassador Network and develop influential relationships with your elected officials.
- Connect with Us: Email Communications@TheNationalCouncil.org for more ideas on how to get involved.