NASMHPD News Archives


NASMHPD Press Release Praises the Release of Final Parity Rule

NASMHPD Resource Management Guide: Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Coverage for Uninsured People with Behavioral Health Conditions

Final Rule for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008

NASMHPD Comment Letter to the Senate Finance Committee Regarding Mental Health Finance Issues

'Recommendations to Support Medicaid Behavioral Health Services' written by National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD)

NASMHPD Resource Management Guide: Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Coverage for Uninsured People with Behavioral Health Conditions (2013)

SAMHSA’s Enhancing State Prevention Systems for Children and Youth: National Webinar Series

NASMHPD seeking a Director/Policy & Healthcare Reform

Presentations from the NASMHPD Annual 2013 Commissioners Meeting and the NASADAD and NASMHPD Crossover Day now available.

The Interplay between Medicaid DSH Payment Cuts, the IMD Exclusion and the ACA Medicaid Expansion Program: Impacts on State Public Mental Health Services Full Report (PDF 366KB)

Final summary of SAMHSA’s Olmstead Policy Academy, held in September, 2012 in Columbia, Maryland. You may also access the summary, as well as Olmstead Policy Academy presentations and other conference materials, through the Olmstead online community that has been established at BHTalk. If you are not yet a member of BHTalk, please go to and follow the instructions for registration. Once you are registered, you will be able to request membership in the Olmstead Initiative Group.

"The Waterfall Effect: Transformative Impacts of Medicaid Expansion on States", Full Report (PDF 5.1MB - please be patient as this is a very large file)
Press Release (PDF 100KB), Fact Sheet (PDF 62KB), Talking Points (PDF 72KB), Recommendations and Actions (15KB), and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 98KB).

NASMHPD is pleased to announce its partnership with the Real Warriors Campaign.

Taking Integration to the Next Level: The Role of New Service Delivery Models in Behavioral Health, Full Report (PDF, 709KB), Overview (PDF, 158KB)

In sponsorship with DOJ and SAMHSA, NASMHPD partnered with ASCA, APPA, NASADAD and other key organizations to release a report, Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery , which lays out a framework for reducing the significant number of adults with behavioral health conditions who cycle through the correctional system.

Read NASMHPD publications, including "Too Significant To Fail: The Importance of State Behavioral Health Agencies in the Daily Lives of Americans with Mental Illness, for Their Families, and for Their Communities." and "Reclaiming Lost Decades: The Role of State Behaviorial Healthcare and Primary Care to Improve the Health of People with Serious Mental Illness."

In sponsorship with SAMHSA, NASMHPD and EDC developed a free toolkit to help the one out of every fifteen high school students who attempt suicide each year. Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools aims at reducing the risk of suicide among high school students by providing research-based guidelines, screening tools for identifying teenagers at risk and resources for taking appropriate measures to provide help.


View selected presentations from the Children, Youth and Families Division 2012 Annual Meeting in Kissimmee, Florida.

Past Commissioner of Alabama, Zelia Baugh, testified before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on the Olmstead Enforcement Update: Using the ADA to Promote Community Integration held June 21, 2012.

Read the proceedings from the NASMHPD and NASADAD Joint Congressional Briefing on March 22.

View recent NASMHPD webinars, including the webinars on Seclusion and Restraint through Trauma-Informed Practices, Health Homes and Managed Care, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Populations, and Suicide Prevention.

Read the NASMHPD Deaf Mental Health Research Priority Consensus-Planning Conference Summary and the Thirty-four Research Priorities.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2012 is Wednesday, May 9th. Join NASMHPD in seeking to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health.


NASMHPD congratulates Tonier Cain for winning the 2011 Voice Award for Consumer/Peer Leadership.


Read how the mental health community is partnering to establish a Consumer Memorial at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. here and here.


Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) has developed a resource entitled, "A Catalogue of Tools: A Guide to Low-Cost or No-Cost Cessation Resources."


The Criminal Justice / Mental Health Consensus Project has released its Advocacy Handbook. The Advocacy Handbook is a how-to guide for advocates who want to improve the response to people with mental illness who are in contact with the criminal justice system. The Consensus Project is coordinated by the Council of State Governments and is assisted by several partners, including NASMHPD.


The Consensus Project, which is sponsored by the Council of State Governments and NASMHPD (as a project partner), is pleased to announce the release of a new issue brief: "Violence against Women with Mental Illness." The issue brief summarizes the latest research regarding this issue, identifies some programs and resources that serve women with mental illness who are recent victims of crime, and recommends an action agenda for the federal government.  You can download the Report from the Consensus Project here.


NASMHPD, supported by its Targeted Technical Assistance contract with the Center for Mental Health Sevices, has produced its first Quarterly Transformation Report. This report surverys responding state mental health agencies about currently ongoing transformative efforts. The Report is available in PDF form.


NASMHPD has served as a partner with the RPC - a bipartisan group of practitioners, policymakers, and advocates - in an effort to produce a report that provides comprehensive policy recommendations for improving the likelihood that adults released from prison or jail will make a safe and successful return to their home communities. The final report is available at the Re-Entry Policy Council's website.

State Activities Since the President's New Freedom Commission Final Report. Take a brief look at how states are implementing the vision of Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America