What We Do

NACBHDD is the only national voice for county and local behavioral health and developmental disability authorities in Washington, DC. Through education, policy analysis, and advocacy, NACBHDD brings the unique perspective of our members to Congress and the Executive Branch and promotes national policies that recognize and support the critical role counties play in caring for people affected by mental illness, addiction, and developmental disabilities.

NACBHDD is also an active partner in efforts to improve access to, funding for, and quality of behavioral health services, especially those that serve the most vulnerable in our communities. Key issues include: protecting Medicaid coverage, ending the stigma of mental illness, better treatment for veterans, achieving parity in insurance coverage for behavioral health care, affordable housing and vocational training for those with mental illness or developmental disabilities, and many more.

NACBHDD has been a part of the Recovery Now Coalition since February 2015, and the National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) continues to be an affiliate of NACBHDD.  As a NACBHDD member, you will receive all the member benefits of NARMH as well.

A NACBHDD membership can help you to adapt to all of the changes that are occurring around you as part of national health reform.  One major benefit of membership is learning new strategies from other counties and state associations.  At NACBHDD, we continue to spend a lot of time working on reform, and the adaptation of our county and city programs to the major changes which are now taking place.  We also conduct a monthly TA-lk Webinar on practical field problems.  

In 2013, we increased our partnering activities with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and we plan to continue and expand these endeavors in 2017 and beyond.


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