Behavioral Health

This web page is designed to provide easy access to information and tools that will assist AHA member hospitals and health systems in navigating the changing behavioral health care system and understanding national, state and local activities affecting behavioral health.

Hospitals and health systems provide essential behavioral health care services to millions of Americans every day. The American Hospital Association has a long-standing commitment to support member efforts to deliver high-quality, accessible behavioral health services. Consistent with that commitment, this web page is designed to provide easy access to information and tools that will assist them in navigating the changing behavioral health care system and understanding national, state and local activities affecting behavioral health.

Advocacy & Regulatory

Through its advocacy and regulatory work, the AHA supports members in providing high-quality behavioral health services. This section highlights the latest of these efforts and key topics impacted by them, including full implementation of the parity law, modification/elimination of 42CFR-Part 2, expanding funding for opiate use disorder treatment, appropriate quality measures, and more.

Access & Capacity

Key barriers to receiving high-quality behavioral health services include lack of comprehensive health plan coverage with adequate providers in network; access to affordable care, in the least restrictive setting at the right time; and lack of a robust complete continuum of coordinated care in many communities. The resources in this section offer examples of solutions to many of these challenges as well as ways members are innovating to adapt to the changing landscape of behavioral health care.

Awareness & Prevention

The resources in this section help educate and inform hospitals and health systems on the importance and value of reducing stigma, as well as prevention and early intervention initiatives for individuals with behavioral health disorders. The resources include examples of how hospitals and health systems can take steps to reduce stigma and normalize the treatment; create a culture of acceptance of the science behind and the importance of seeking mental health treatment, and the value of integrating physical and behavioral health in primary care.

Clinical Innovation

Innovation in behavioral health treatment is on the rise. The resources in this area showcase multiple clinical innovations, including how the integration of physical and behavioral health improves patient outcomes and satisfaction, and reduces the total cost of care; how digital solutions can expand access to care and fill gaps in the continuum of care, and more.

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