NASMHPD Publications

Year Publication
2015 An Inventory& Environmental Scan of Evidence-Based Practices for Treating Persons in Early Stages of Serious Mental Disorders, February 2015 (PDF 1,016 KB)

NASMHPD’s Technical Assistance Coalition Assessment Papers

Installing The Building Blocks For A More Effective Mental Health System: Early Evidence Under Healthcare Reform And Roles For State Behavioral Health Agencies, September, 2014 (PDF1,198 KB)

Behavioral Health and Community-Based Services in the Aftermath of Olmstead, August, 2014 (PDF 929 KB)

Striking a Balance: Mental Health Provider Network Adequacy under Health Care Reform, September, 2014 (PDF 835 KB)

The Vital Role of State Psychiatric Hospitals, July 2014 (PDF 907 KB)

Understanding and Addressing Adversity as a Risk Factor for Substance Abuse in Young People: An Informational Guide for Prevention-Oriented Professionals, July 2014 (PDF 1.01 MB)

Transformation Transfer Initiative, July, 2014 (PDF 4996 KB)

New SAMHSA Publication - Crisis Services: Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Funding Strategies, June 2014 (PDF 1,042 KB)

Crossing the Behavioral Health Digital Divide: The Role of Health Information Technology in Improving Care for People with Serious Mental Illness in State Mental Health Systems, June 2014 (PDF 582 KB)

Reducing the Burden of Mental Illness: The Role of Preventive Activities and Public Health Strategies, April, 2014 (PDF 783 KB)

The Role of Integrated Service Delivery Models in Addressing the Needs of Adults and Children with Behavioral Health Conditions (PDF 540 KB)

Strategies to Enroll Uninsured People with Mental Health Conditions under the Affordable Care Act, January 2014 (PDF 263 KB)


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

In sponsorship with SAMHSA, NASMHPD released it's latest Employment Development Initiative, Full Report (PDF 1,913 KB) and Transformation Transfer Initiative, Full Report (PDF 4,348 KB)

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)

State Roadmap to Peer Support Whole Health Resiliency, Full Report (PDF 486KB)

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).


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.

Trauma in the Deaf Population: Definition, Experience, and Services (PDF, 408KB)

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 Full Report (PDF, 1.5 MB), Overview (PDF, 256 KB)

In sponsorship with SAMHSA, NASMHPD and EDC developed a 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.

Reclaiming Lost Decades: The Role of State Behavioral Health Agencies in Accelerating the Integration of Behavioral Healthcare and Primary Care to Improve the Health of People with Serious Mental Illness. Full Report (PDF, 1.5 MB), Overview (PDF, 527 KB)

Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support: A Guidebook

Cornerstones for Behavioral Healthcare Today and Tomorrow

Becoming a Preventionist: Making Prevention Part of Your Mental Health Practice; A Continuing Education Course


Affordable Housing: The Role of the Public Behavioral Health System

The Oklahoma Enhanced Tier Payment System: Leveraging Medicaid to Improve Mental Health Provider Performance and Outcomes

Primary Prevention in Behavioral Health


Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Living Communities (In sponsorship with SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services)

Responding to a High-Profile Tragic Incident Involving a Person with a Serious Mental Illness: A Toolkit for State Mental Health Commissioners (In partnership with the Council of State Governments Justice Center)

Pillars of Peer Support - supported by part by NASMHPD and CMHS.


Principled Leadership for the State Hospital CEO/Administrator Toolkit


Seclusion and Restraint Briefings

Six Core Strategies to Reduce Seclusion and Restraint Use (c)

Brag and Steal Resource Guide: Promising Mental Health Programs From Around the World

Paving New Ground - Peers Working in In-Patient Settings


Tobacco-Free Living in Psychiatric Settings: A Best-Practices Toolkit Promoting Wellness and Recovery

Organizational Stress as a Barrier to Trauma-Sensitive Change and System Transformation


Financing Behavioral Health Services and Supports for Children, Youth, and Families in the Child Welfare System

The Fifth National Dialogue of the Joint Task Force on Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders: Final Report and Strategic Action Plan

Phase II Technical Report, Mental Health Recovery: What Helps and What Hinders? A National Research Project for the Development of Recovery Facilitating System Performance Indicators

Restraint and Seclusion: A Risk Management Guide

Responding to Childhood Trauma: The Premise and Practice of Trauma Informed Care

Organizational Stress as a Barrier to Trauma-Sensitive Change and System Transformation


The Evolving Conceptual Framework for Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Developing Strategies for Systems Change

State Efforts to Expand Transition Supports for Young Adults Receiving Adult Public Mental Health Services: Report on a Survey of Members of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Prepared by Maryann Davis, Ph.D. for the American Institutes for Research under a contract with the Center for Mental Health Services