Download the 2015 Advocacy Agenda.
Download a "talking points card" (what to tell your Senator and Representative).
Take action through the NAPHS Advocacy Action Center.
Year-End Report for 2015: "Mental Health and Addiction Treatment in a New National Spotlight" by 2015 Board Chair Lisa Shea, M.D.
NAPHS release: "NAPHS Applauds Final Passage of Bipartisan Legislation To Extend and Expand the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration Project; Bill Next Goes to President for Signature." [NOTE: Signed into law 12.11.15 as P.L.114-97.]
Op-ed from NAPHS, American Psychiatric Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America, and American Psychological Association titled “The Time Is Now for Mental Health Reform.”
Mental health/substance use organization letter (including NAPHS) to House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders on need for action on meaningful mental health reform
NAPHS release: "NAPHS Applauds Introduction of Senate Legislation [the Mental Health Reform Act] to Address Nation’s Mental Health Crisis; Urges Congress to Pass Comprehensive Reform." See fact sheet from Sens. Murphy and Cassidy.
NAPHS comment letter to CMS on IMD exclusion provision in proposed rule on "Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Programs; Medicaid Managed Care, etc."
NAPHS comment letter to CMS on proposed rule: "Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities PPS-Update for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2015 (FY16)" (including IPFQR quality measures)
NAPHS statement on Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, H.R. 2646 ("NAPHS Commends Rep. Tim Murphy for Bipartisan Reintroduction of Legislation to Address the Nation’s Mental Health Emergency"), See fact sheet on bill.
2015 Advocacy Priorities: 1) Pass comprehensive mental health reform (cosponsor and pass the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act in the House) 2) Keep the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration alive (cosponsor and pass S.599); 3) Extend mental health parity to Medicare and Medicaid; and 4) Support funding for health information technology.
S.599, the Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric Care Act introduced by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Patrick Toomey (R-PA), and Susan Collins (R-ME) to extend and expand the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration. See Congressional Record statement on S.599 by Sen. Cardin (scroll down to pages S1168-S1170).
Parity Implementation Coalition news release: "Parity Implementation Coalition Seeks Federal Action on Parity in Response to 60 Minutes Report." Watch 60 Minutes.
NAPHS comment letter to CMS proposed rule on "Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers"
NAPHS release: "Millions of Disabled and Poor Americans Encounter Discrimination When They Face Mental or Addictive Disorders, Says NAPHS; NAPHS Applauds House Oversight Hearing on Challenges Facing Families in Mental Health Crisis."
NAPHS letter submitted to House Energy and Commerce Oversight Committee hearing on “Where Have All the Patients Gone? Examining the Psychiatric Bed Shortage.”
NAPHS release: “There is no health without mental health,”says NAPHS Board. Board urges Congress to 1) end discrimination; 2) fix gaps in the mental health and addiction treatment system; and 3) support health information technology funding.
NAPHS statement: "NAPHS Applauds Rep. Tim Murphy for Introduction of Comprehensive Mental Health Reform Legislation; Dialogue on Tough Challenges Will Help Advance Policy Changes"
Departments of Labor, HHS, and Treasury: "FAQS About ACA (Part XVII) and Parity Implementation"
HHS study: "Consistency of Large Employer and Group Health Plan Benefits with Requirements of the Paul Wellstone annd Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act"
CMS Notice: "Medicare Program; Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System - Update for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2013 (FY 2014)."
NAPHS comment letter to CMS: "Medicare: ....Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers (CMS-1599-P)"