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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.

 

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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