Behavioral Health and Wellness
The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) is the national voice for specialty behavioral health and wellness companies. ABHW member companies provide specialty services to treat mental health, substance use and other behaviors that impact health. ABHW supports effective federal, state and accrediting organization policies that ensure specialty behavioral health organizations (BHOs) can continue to increase quality, manage costs and promote wellness for the nearly 125 million people served by our members.
ABHW 2014 Public Policy Agenda
ABHW has developed its 2014 public policy agenda, consisting of topics of importance to its member companies. These issues include: Behavioral Health Information Technology Telehealth 42 CFR Part 2 Affordable Care Act Implementation Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Implementation ... [More]
Educate federal and state policymakers, accreditation agencies, health care providers and the media on the value and effectiveness of BHOs.
Advocate for policies that ensure BHOs can continue to effectively increase quality, manage costs and improve health care outcomes.
Promote quality health care delivery that strives to achieve recovery, wellness and a productive workforce.
Collaborate within the industry and with key stakeholders to exchange ideas and offer creative solutions to on-going and emerging challenges.
ABHW Press Release: ABHW Launches Stamp Out Stigma Campaign to Reach 1 Million People in 2014 (April 2, 2014)
Final Parity Rule Provides New Guidance for ABHW Members – The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) issued the following statement today in response to the release of the final Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) regulations this morning. (November 8, 2013)
ABHW letter to the Senate Finance Committee in response to the Committee’s request for information from the mental health community on how to improve the mental health system in the United States (September 30, 2013)
ABHW Press Release: ABHW President and CEO Participates in Historic White House Conference on Mental Health, Applauds National Dialogue (June 3, 2013)
ABHW article in Behavioral Healthcare, ABHW endorses effectiveness of peers and peer support services - MBHO group suggests action to expand the use of peers in behavioral health treatment nationwide (March 28, 2013)
ABHW Statement on Health Care Cost Institute report, The Impact of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act on Inpatient Admissions (February 27, 2013)
ABHW Report on Peer Support Services. A Valuable Component of Behavioral Healthcare (January 28, 2013)
ABHW Response on Request for Information Regarding Health Care Quality for Exchanges (December 26, 2012)
ABHW Comment Letter on Patient Protection Affordable Care Act; Standards Related to Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, and Accreditation (December 26, 2012)
Mental Health Weekly article on ABHW Support for Million Hearts Campaign (August 6, 2012)
Joint Paper: Preserve Specialty Behavioral Health Option for the Dual Eligible Population (July 2012)