Advocacy and Public Policy

“Because of information that I first became aware of here, I was able to get our entire congressional delegations – senators, congress-people, conservatives, liberals – to sign off on a letter to CMS saying ‘We’re aware of this issue, we would really like to ensure the full continuum of care is funded for kids by the Federal Government.'”
– Richard Wolleat, President & CEO, Northwood 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

  • Comprehensive Medicaid reform
  • Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion
  • TRICARE behavioral health and other pediatric benefits
  • Family First Prevention Services Act Implementation
  • Mental Health Parity

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