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Behavioral Health and Newtown

There is a renewed national focus on behavioral health in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.  As communities come together to address prevention and treatment strategies, discussion between the mental health and substance use communities and policy makers is essential to identifying and implementing meaningful solutions. 

To that end, ABHW added its support to several letters urging legislators to strengthen current programs for behavioral health.

In a letter signed by 150 organizations to the Administration and Members of Congress, “Call to National Action to Respond to the Newtown Tragedy from the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Care Community”, ABHW supported the recommendation of federal assistance to:

In the Mental Health Liaison Group Letter to Vice President Biden, signed by 41 organizations, ABHW supported the recommendations to help prevent violence and improve access to effective mental health care, which included:

The terrible events in Newtown, CT and earlier in Aurora, CO and Tucson, AZ remind us again that preventing such tragedies in the future will require complex solutions.   There are no easy answers, but we know that there are tremendous needs when it comes to delivering behavioral health care in this country.  In the wake of this tragedy, ABHW member companies remain committed to expanding access to behavioral health services and, in doing so, improving the health of the nation.

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Behavioral health is complex. Untreated behavioral health conditions, including both mental health and substance use disorders, have a significant impact on individuals, families, friends, and employers. Individuals with mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders need access to evidence-based services - the care that, based on scientific research, has been shown to...

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June 26, 2017 ABHW Letter in Support of the Nomination of Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, for Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance.

ABHW Letter to Chairman Hatch on Health Care Reform Process in the Senate (May 23, 2017)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Issues Statement in Wake of House Passage of AHCA (May 4, 2017)

ABHW Letter to House Leadership on AHCA and MacArthur Amendment (May 2, 2017)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW to Chair Inaugural Payer-Provider Behavioral Health Management Summit (April 26, 2017)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Recommends Improvements to Medicare Advantage Program (April 25, 2017)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Welcomes White House Commission on Opioids (March 30, 2017)

ABHW Press Release to House Leadership Over AHCA Concerns (March 23, 2017)

ABHW Comment Letter to House Leadership on ACHA (March 22, 2017)

ABHW Press Release on Confirmation of New HHS Secretary Price and CMS Administrator Verma (March 17, 2017)

ABHW Comment Letter to Rep Murphy (March 10, 2017)

ABHW Comment Letter on Market Stabilization Prop Rule (March 8, 2017)

ABHW Press Release on SNPRM Part 2 Comment Letter (February 17, 2017)

ABHW SNPRM Comment Letter to SAMHSA on Confidentiality (February 17, 2017)

ABHW Summary of 42 CFR Part 2 Final Rule and SNPRM (February 1, 2017)

ABHW Paper - Behavioral Health Organizations Current and Future Approaches to Addressing the U.S. Opioid Crisis (May 2016)

ABHW Comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking on Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders (May 27, 2016)

ABHW and Diverse List of Health Care Stakeholders Letter to House Leadership calling attention to the importance of amending 42 CFR Part 2 (May 10, 2016)

ABHW Interview on 42 CFR Part 2 (April 27, 2016)

ABHW Editorial on 42 CFR Part 2 (April 11, 2016)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW and Diverse List of Health Care Stakeholders want HIPAA Standard to Apply to Substance Use Records (April 11, 2016)

ABHW and Diverse List of Health Care Stakeholders Comments: on the notice of proposed rulemaking on the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, 42 CFR Part 2 (April 11, 2016)

ABHW Comments: on the notice of proposed rulemaking on the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, 42 CFR Part 2 (April 11, 2016)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Supports Changes to Outdated Substance Use Disorder Privacy Regulation (February 5, 2016)

ABHW Paper: on 42 CFR Part 2 - Now is the Time to Strengthen Protection of Substance Use Records by Revisiting the Substance Use Privacy Law (December 21, 2015)

ABHW Press Release: on 42 CFR Part 2 - All ABHW Wants for Christmas are Changes to the Substance Use Privacy Law (December 21, 2015)

ABHW Paper: on Healthcare Integration in the Era of the Affordable Care Act (August 5, 2015)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Released Report Demonstrating Critical Role Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organizations Play in the Integration of Behavioral and Physical Health (August 5, 2015)

ABHW Press Release: on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders (July 14, 2015)

ABHW Comments on SAMHSA’s Peer Core Competencies: ABHW is pleased to see a comprehensive list of essential core competencies required by peer providers. (May 21, 2015)

ABHW Press Statement: ABHW Mourns Loss of Robin Williams (August 12, 2014)

Stamp Out Stigma highlighted in Behavioral Healthcare, MBHOs Launch Anti-Stigma Campaign for MI and SUD (May 22, 2014)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Applauds Reps. Peters and Miller for Introducing National Mental Health No Stigma Week Resolution (May 14, 2014)

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)


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