The National Council for Behavioral Health has launched the Behavioral Health + Economics Network, an initiative to foster communication between stakeholders in the mental health sector and bring about policy change.
It's going to be an especially heated debate season with high emotion among supporters on both sides. Clinton and Trump are sharply divided on a number of issues, including several that behavioral health leaders are watching.
Congressmen and their key staffers were receptive to the messages, and many said they are in fact working hard to advance legislation to increase funding, increase treatment capacity and improve access.
For behavioral health providers, the most significant provision of the new rule allows Medicaid to pay for 15 days of inpatient treatment in a facility with more than 16 beds, tempering the often bemoaned IMD exclusion.
As the National Council ramps up efforts to reach a goal of 1 million Americans receiving mental health first aid training, there is a growing need to increase the number of trainers offering the courses.
Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain, however, its neuroplasticity can allow it to recover. According to Nora Volkow, the best outcomes happen when treatment support services are provided for patients for at least five years.
The atmosphere in Las Vegas for the 2016 NatCon annual conference was clearly celebratory in the wake of the industry accomplishments, but also took on a renewed focus on addiction and social determinants of health.