New Stimulus Package Includes Billions in Behavioral Funding

Congress has passed a new $2.3 trillion stimulus bill, which includes billions in funding for behavioral health programs and initiatives. The legislation, which passed Monday night, is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it into law. The new relief package includes $4.25 billion in funding for the Substance Abuse and […]

Despite CDC Guidance, Behavioral Providers Unsure Where They Stand in Line for COVID-19 Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out its initial COVID-19 vaccine distribution recommendations. While the guidelines are good news for most health care workers, it’s unclear what they mean for behavioral health care providers. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted on Tuesday to make the recommendations, which will guide […]

Senate Passes Bill to Help Behavioral Health Providers Treat Incarcerated Individuals

The Senate has passed legislation that would provide more resources to community mental health and addiction treatment centers that serve people who are incarcerated.  The Crisis Stabilization and Community Reentry Act now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration. The bipartisan bill is designed to improve care for incarcerated people with behavioral health conditions. […]

Behavioral Providers Pursue Creative Partnerships with Police to Improve Patient Care

In parts of the country, behavioral health organizations are partnering with law enforcement to provide better and more appropriate services to community residents in behavioral health crises. The partnership model could become increasingly popular in the future, presenting new opportunities for behavioral health providers down the line. These agreements can take various shapes and sizes, […]

[UPDATED] HHS Opens Relief Funding for Previously Ineligible Behavioral Health Providers

Certain behavioral health providers who were previously ineligible to receive federal funding to help offset the financial impacts of COVID-19 are now allowed to apply for financial relief. Those who have already received payments may also be eligible to apply for additional funding. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced the next phase […]

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 […]