Nearly 40% of Behavioral Providers on Brink of Financial Collapse

Nearly 40% of behavioral health organizations say they can only survive six months or less given the current financial situation they are facing. At the same time, more than half of all providers have seen an increased demand for services since the pandemic hit. Those are just a few key takeaways from the National Council […]

Care Integration Framework Aims to Help Behavioral Providers Improve Outcomes, Entice Payers

Care integration is often viewed through the lens of physical health care: How can primary and urgent care providers blend behavioral health care services into the medical treatment they provide? However, addressing patients’ physical health needs during behavioral health treatment can be equally as important. Studies suggest that behavioral health providers can improve patient outcomes […]

Stakeholders to Congress: 50% of Behavioral Providers Could Close by ’21 Without More Funding

While the nation’s fourth coronavirus stimulus package has been in the works since May, lawmakers have yet to agree on a final piece of legislation.  Democrats are pushing for the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act), which would cost about $3 trillion. It would give Americans another stimulus check, provide hazard […]

National Council CEO: Behavioral Health Providers Need Dedicated Funding Stream to Survive COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 emergency, all eyes have been on skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and hospitals — and for good reason. SNFs have accounted for more than 40% of the nation’s COVID-19 deaths, while hospitals have grappled with bed and personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages. As a result, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services […]

National Council Launches CCBHC Success Center to Help Expand Model Across the U.S.

The National Council for Behavioral Health has launched a new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Success Center, with the goal being to help more providers across the nation adopt the model. Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council is a behavioral health advocacy organization with more than 3,300 members across the country, most of […]

70% of Behavioral Health Providers to Continue Significant Telehealth Use Post-Pandemic

When the COVID-19 emergency hit the U.S. in March, behavioral health organizations quickly pivoted their operations out of necessity. Treatments that had traditionally been delivered in person were reimagined remotely in an effort to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Federal and state flexibilities made it possible, paving the way for the wider adoption of […]

Providers Get Creative to Address Worsening Behavioral Workforce Shortage Amid COVID-19

The nation’s behavioral health care workforce shortage has been well documented for years and is only expected to worsen over the next decade. Now, the shortfall has become even more pronounced amid COVID-19. Prior to the pandemic, 56% of Americans were seeking behavioral health assistance for themselves or loved ones, according to research co-conducted by […]

Senators Rally Behind Bills to Expand, Extend CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration

More than 80 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) advocates convened on Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge Congress to extend and expand the CCBHC Medicaid demonstration program. Specifically, they’re asking lawmakers to support the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act (S. 824/H.R. 1767), which would expand the pilot by two years and […]

Coronavirus Concerns Shake Up Behavioral Health Industry, Could Boost Demand for Services

This week has been a rough one for U.S. stocks, with the S&P 500 halting trading twice and the Dow Jones Industrial Average experiencing its worst drop since 1987. Concerns over the coronavirus, or COVID-19, were largely to blame.  The market’s drop took behavioral health stocks down with it, with Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) […]

DEA’s Proposed Rule Would Make It Easier for Providers to Offer Remote MAT

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has proposed a rule that would make it easier for behavioral health providers to remotely provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid-use disorder (OUD). The proposal would allow narcotic treatment programs to dispense methadone remotely using mobile units without requiring them to get separate registration to do so.  Currently, providers have to […]