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About NACBH

"NACBH is where the action is. If there is a major piece of legislation, NACBH is always on top of the issue and has some clout."

"I'm learning more from NACBH than from any other national organization. It has the message I know I have to pay attention to."

Advocacy and Public Policy

When NACBH speaks for you, elected officials and policymakers listen. As a member, you'll join forces with one of the most respected industry leaders. We leverage our knowledge and connections to take quick, decisive action. Through NACBH, you can take an active role in the formulation of the policies and laws that affect how you are able to serve children and families.

  • When Congress was ready to block grant Medicaid, NACBH called its members in key states to enlist their governers in the fight. Medicaid's entitlement was preserved.

  • When legislative and regulatory initiatives on the appropriate use of restraint and seclusion were mounting, NACBH countered the sensationalism of the issue with a reasoned and fair approach. Ultimately amending a rule which would have resulted in the unintended consequences of closing programs or failing to serve children, NACBH continues to position iteslf to take a leading role as implementation continues and future regulations are proposed.

  • NACBH's tenacity led the federal government to convene a Building Bridges Summit in 2006 to bring together all stakeholders in service to children and families dealing with emotional and behavioral disturbances - families, youth, community-based providers, residential treatment providers, advocates and policymakers. A Joint Resolution of Core Principles was created and ratified to frame a system of care that is family-driven, youth-guided, culturally and linguistically competent, individualized and supported by evidence-based practices. With NACBH as a founding member of the steering committee and participating in multiple work groups, the Building Bridges initiative continues to foster leadership in collaborative and coordinated care.


Rationale for Eliminating the Medicaid IMD Exclusion for Beneficiaries Under Age 21

Building Bridges

Medicaid: Principles for Treatment of Children and Youth with Emotional and Substance Use Disorders
Characteristics of Residential Treatment for Children and Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances

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