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Strategic Alliances
Background
News

The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) is committed to working with all stakeholders to:

  • Improve access and coverage for mental health and addiction treatment services for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with mental and addictive disorders
  • Ensure quality and demonstrate the value of behavioral health
  • Ensure fair payment.

Current priorities include advocacy on:

NAPHS currently serves:

NAPHS also works with the American Hospital Association, producing a monthly Behavioral Health Update for members of NAPHS and AHA.

 

5/23/2016

NAPHS, AHA, FAH, NRI joint letter to CMS seeking a delay in implementation of two new IPFQR transition of care measures (#0647, #0648) and the Screening for Metabolic Disorders measure (not NQF-endorsed)

5/23/2016

NAPHS/AABH letter to CMS detailing concerns with “Enforcement of the Partial Hospitalization Program 20 Hours per Week Billing Requirement” (SE1607)

5/11/2016

Fact sheet: "Comprehensive Mental Health Reform Requires Action on the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) Exclusion; The Medicaid Managed Care Final Rule Is Only One Step Toward Fixing the Problem"

4/28/2016

NAMI / NAPHS letter to Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden (focusing on the Medicaid IMD Exclusion) for Senate Finance Committee hearing on "Mental Health in America: Where Are We Now?"

4/22/2016

Parity Implementation Coalition release: "Parity Implementation Coalition Applauds Release of Clarifying Guidance on Plan Disclosure Requirements of the Federal Parity Law"

4/11/2016

23-organization joint comment letter (including NAPHS) to SAMHSA on "“Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records” (42 CFR Part 2) proposed rule

4/5/2016

Mental Health Liaison Group letter to Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell urging Senate to bring mental health reform bill to floor for action

3/31/2016

Parity Implementation Coalition letter on Defense Department's proposed rule on "TRICARE: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment" 

3/10/2016

Behavioral Health IT Coalition letter to Senate HELP Committee urging support of a mental health reform amendment to provide financial incentives for EHRs for mental health/addictions providers

1/27/2016

Behavioral Health IT Coalition letter to the Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group urging EHR interoperability and inclusion of mental health and addiction providers in the HITECH Act.

1/14/2016

Parity Implementation Coalition: Washington State Snapshot on Parity Implementation

11/20/2015

Parity Implementation Coalition release: “PIC applauds Supreme Court ruling and new regulatory guidance on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

11/3/2015

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.” 

10/22/2015

Mental Health Liaison Group letter urging reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (with inclusion in the final conference package several provisions of the Every Child Achieves Act, S.1177, which support school-based mental health). 

10/2/2015

Mental Health Liaison Group letters of support to  the House (H.R.2515) and Senate (S.1865) sponsors of the Anna Westin Act (to improve access to residential treatment for eating disorders)

10/1/2015

Mental health/substance use organization letter (including NAPHS) to House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders on need for action on meaningful mental health reform

9/1/2015

Parity Implementation Coalition: Connecticut State Snapshot on Parity Implementation

8/5/2015

Mental Health Liaison Group letter of support for Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act (S.1893)

7/14/2015

Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) letters in support of the  Children’s Recovery from Trauma Act of 2015 (S.1494 and H.R.2632)

6/10/2015

Parity Implementation Coalition releases updated “Parity Resource Guide.” See PIC news release

6/1/2015

Parity Implementation Coalition: New York State Snapshot on Parity Implementation

5/12/2015

FGI/NAPHS release:  "Facility Guidelines Institute Is New Publisher for Design Guide for Behavioral Health Facilities; Updated 7.0 edition now available on the FGI website"

4/13/2015

America's Hospitals and Health Systems letter to the Senate in support of H.R.2 (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015), a bipartisan compromise to permanently resolve the SGR.

4/10/2015

Mental Health Liaison Group letter on the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act (S.646)

4/8/2015

Joint association letter to CMS raises concerns about two measures supported by NQF for the IPFQR Program

3/25/2015

America's Hospitals and Health Systems letter to House in support of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R.2), a bipartisan compromise to permanently resolve the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)

2/19/2015

Mental Health Liaison Group letter:  Urging House and Senate Budget Committees to eliminate Medicare 190-day lifetime limit

2/19/2015

Mental Health Liaison Group letter:  Thanking White House for including elimination of Medicare 190-day lifetime limit in President's FY16 budget

1/2/2015

Parity Implementation Coalition: California State Snapshot on Parity Implementation

12/18/2014

Parity Implementation Coalition comment letter to CMS on ACA's "2016 Benefit and Payment Parameters"

12/15/2014

Parity Implementation Coalition news release: "Parity Implementation Coalition Seeks Federal Action on Parity in Response to 60 Minutes Report." Watch 60 Minutes.

11/21/2014

Behavioral Health Information Technology Coalition (of which NAPHS is a member) launches new website at http://www.bhitcoalition.org/

10/23/2014

Mental Health Liaison Group letter to Sens. Leahy and Grassley in support of President's nomination of Michael Botticelli to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

10/17/2014

Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) letters of support to House sponsors and Senate sponsors of the Caring for America’s Hero’s Act (H.R.4656/S.2276)

10/17/2014

DEA letter to practitioners: Clarifying 9/9/14 final rule on disposal of controlled substances

10/6/2014

Coalition letter to Drug Enforcement Agency requesting delay in effective date of 9/9/14 "Disposal of Controlled Substances" final rule

10/2/2014

Behavioral Health IT Coalition letter to Reps. Upton and DeGette:  Include behavioral health IT in your “21st Century Cures Initiative”

1/8/2014

Parity Implementation Coalition comments to Department of Labor on need for transparency and compliance with MHPAEA disclosure rule

1/3/2014

Parity Implementation Coalition: Detailed summary of parity final rule

11/8/2013

Parity Implementation Coalition release: "Release of Final Regulations Lauded as landmark Step for those With Addiction and Mental Illness"

11/8/2013

NAPHS release: "Final Rule Governing the Federal Mental Health and Substance Use Parity Law Adds Important Health Insurance Protections for All Americans, Says NAPHS." See final rule.

9/30/2013

Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) comment letter responding to Senate Finance Committee open letter seeking input on how to improve the US mental health system

9/27/2013

Parity Implementation Coalition comment letter responding to HHS Office of Civil Rights "request for information regarding nondiscrimination in certain health programs or activities"

8/14/2013

Coalition for Whole Health (CWH):  Toolkit for state-level advocates working on implementation and oversight of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) essential health benefits, parity, and network adequacy protections. See an overview of key issues and short guides for working with state legislatures and insurance commissioners.

7/31/2013

Behavioral Health IT Coalition release: “Mental Health and Addiction Services Organizations Applaud Rep. Murphy & Rep. Barber for Introducing the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act” (H.R.2957)

6/20/2013

Mental Health Liaison Group letter: Thanks to President Obama and Joe Biden for the National Conference on Mental Health and National Dialogue on Mental Health (reiterating MHLG priorities)

6/4/2013

Joint NAPHS / NAMI letter:  Urging HHS not to apply the IMD exclusion to the Medicaid expansion population

5/21/2013

Joint Commission launches Speak Up™ campaign on adult depression developed in collaboration with NAPHS and others.

4/8/2013

Mental Health Liaison Group letter to Senate HELP Committee outlining priorities for responding to Newtown

3/7/2013

NAPHS White Paper: Responding to the Newtown Tragedy: A White Paper on Behavioral Health as a Partner in the Solution

2/26/2013

Joint statement from NAMI and NAPHS on the Medicare 190-day lifetime limit. Presented to the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee hearing "Examining Traditional Medicare's Benefit Design."

2/22/2013

Mental Health Liaison Group letter in support of Mental Health First Aid Act (S.153/H.R.274)

1/25/2013

Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) letter to President Obama: Recommendations for "reducing violence and accessing effective mental health care"

1/24/2013

NAPHS / NAMI ad to the President and Congress (as seen in Politico):  "Thank you...for committing to fully implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act this year."

1/14/2013

Mental Health Liaison Group letter to Vice President Biden Task Force on Newtown, CT and news release.

12/21/2012

Parity Implementation Coalition comment letter on essential health benefits proposed rule.

12/21/2012

Parity Implementation Coalition recommends issuance of a final parity rule.

12/12/2012

Parity Implementation Coalition and OptumHealth: Letter to HHS, Labor, and Treasury requesting issuance of a final rule on parity

8/2/2012

Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) ad on demonstration programs for dual-eligibles (as seen in Politico): "Living with mental and addictive disorders is hard enough...don't make it worse for us" [View]

8/2/2012

Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) ad on demonstration programs for dual-eligibles (as seen in Politico): "Living with mental and addictive disorders is hard enough...don't make it worse for us" [View]

2/9/2012

Parity Implementation Coalition applauds new URAC parity standards [View]

1/31/2012

Coalition for Whole Health comment letter on essential health benefits, including consensus principles and service recommendations

10/1/2011

Parity Implementation Coalition: "Recommendations on Guidance to Insurers/Plans for NQTL Disclosure" [View]

7/6/2010

Parity Implementation Coalition release: "Coalition hails administration's enforcement of parity law" [View]

4/30/2010

Parity Implementation Coalition comment letter: Interim final rules under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. (NAPHS is a member of the Parity Implementation Coalition Steering Committee.) [View]

3/1/2006

NAPHS teams with the National Association for Children's Behavioral Health to tell Congress that Medicaid dollars spent on children & youth with emotional and substance use disorders pay long-term dividends. The two associations also have released Principles for Treatment of Children and Youth with Emotional and Substance Use Disorders, which include recommended action steps for Congress and the states.

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