The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems brings a wealth of expertise to the leaders of the nation’s behavioral healthcare organizations.
The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS):
- Is focused on behavioral health advocacy that gets results
- Has been a leader since 1933
- Has members who are the top decision-makers and most senior executives within their behavioral health systems
- Has a proven advocacy track record on legislative and regulatory issues
- Commits dollars and resources to advocacy
- Brings top lobbyists to bear on behavioral health issues.
- Invests in studies and analyses needed to win advocacy issues (such as the Moran Company study on ways to strengthen the inpatient psychiatric prospective payment system or the Dobson DaVanzo & Associates study on the economic impact of inpatient psychiatric facilities)
- Gives priority to payment, reimbursement, and clinical issues (e.g., The Joint Commission, CARF), including issues such as PSNs, benefit design, parity, and payment rates for both inpatient and outpatient services
- Knows and has access to the right contacts on Capitol Hill, in CMS, and in other regulatory agencies
- Operates an effective political action committee
- Is a respected industry spokesperson (for example, NAPHS serves on Joint Commission PTACs, works with national media, tracks and collects data for the Center for Mental Health Services, etc.)
- Has one of the most experienced staffs in behavioral health care
- Has demonstrated its commitment to changing with the times through its outreach to and collaborations with all segments of the continuum of care. NAPHS is making a concerted effort to include representation from all provider organizations (including youth services organizations, behavioral health services in general healthcare systems, and addiction treatment providers) and has established good working relationships with the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (formerly the American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association).
- Has been a leader in facilitating effective collaborations, such as the Coalition for Fairness in Mental Illness Coverage which won federal parity legislation and the Parity Implementation Coalition which is working to implement the law, and joint ventures (including the merger between NAPHS and the Association of Behavioral Group Practices, and the "Memorandum of Understanding" between NAPHS and the American Hospital Association)
- Has a sophisticated data-collection process through its annual survey, which is expanding to cover data on the full continuum of care.
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