Advocacy and Public Policy

"At the end of that meeting is when I realized that NACBH not only helped my organization, but helped the state prepare for something that was heading in our direction as well." - Michele Madley, Chief Executive Officer, Gibault Children's Services


Your Voice in Washington

From a child-focused and family-centered perspective, NACBH leverages connections and tenacity in Washington with our members’ expertise in service design and delivery to inform policy as it is being made.

NACBH understands how Congress works and how to provide the right information at the right time to key committees and offices. As a respected industry leader, NACBH participates in early and ongoing policy discussions, whether responding to specific legislative proposals or educating representatives and staff about broader system issues.

Also actively involved in regulatory surveillance and advocacy, NACBH tracks developments at a number of federal agencies to make sure that laws are implemented sensibly and with the greatest value for the intended beneficiaries. We are known for our substantive comments on proposed regulations as well as a strong, continuous feedback loop with key federal officials.

As a distinct, credible voice and in strategic coalitions with colleague organizations, NACBH delivers the facts, context and recommendations needed to improve behavioral health services for children and families.

Current Priority Issues

  • Federal Medicaid developments
  • Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion
  • TRICARE behavioral health and other pediatric benefits
  • Family First Prevention Services Act implementation
  • Mental health parity

Public Policy Webinar Series

The landscape of children’s behavioral health has changed more than we ever could have imagined due to COVID-19. To support our members and other children's behavioral health providers in the work they are doing to serve their communities during these times, NACBH designed the Public Policy Webinar Series. While connecting virtually was not the same as meeting in Washington DC at our annual Public Policy Conference, NACBH is grateful to be able to keep our members apprised of the critical policy and regulatory developments happening on the national level. 

Highlights of the Public Policy Webinar Series include: a call to action by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, advocacy opportunities and outlook on Capitol Hill, key Medicaid policy issues for states, providers, children and families, COVID-19 related developments, and updates from CARF International, COA, and the Joint Commission. View the complete four-part webinar series agenda from September 2020. 

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