Save the Date: BHECON National Forum and National Council Hill Day

September 16, 2019

Join BHECON for an insider perspective on federal and state policy trends at the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice. Held in conjunction with National Council for Behavioral Health’s Hill Day 2019, Sept. 17-18, the largest behavioral health advocacy event of the year, BHECON partners will convene in Washington,…

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Coming Soon: BHECON Year 3

April 1, 2019

BHECON is excited to continue bringing together diverse stakeholders and leveraging data to spark legislative action and reforms to improve the lives of individuals living with serious mental illness. In year 3, BHECON will be narrowing focus to the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice. Individuals living with serious…

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News: Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act Reintroduced

March 15, 2019

A bipartisan bill that would extend and expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model was introduced Thursday, March 14, in both chambers of Congress by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.). The Excellence in Mental Health and…

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Event Report: BHECON Hosts Educational Briefing for Congressional Staff

December 4, 2018

BHECON, in partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health and Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), hosted a Congressional staff briefing to highlight how CCBHCs are partnering with local law enforcement to connect community members to timely behavioral health treatment and help officers focus more of their…

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Addressing the Behavioral Health Workforce Shortage

August 21, 2018

This brief overviews the key challenges contributing to the behavioral workforce shortage and suggests solutions to address this problem. Published by the National Council for Behavioral Health in 2018. Read “Addressing the Behavioral Health Workforce Shortage”

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Forum: Second Annual National BHECON Forum

April 22, 2018

On April 22, 2018, the Behavioral Health + Economics Network (BHECON) hosted its second Annual National Forum in Washington, D.C., at NatCon18, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference. Representatives from the nine participating BHECON states joined national staff to hear from policy experts, researchers, and other advocates on…

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Upcoming Forum: Second Annual National BHECON Forum

April 22, 2018

The Second Annual National BHECON Forum is scheduled for April 22, 2018 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC immediately preceding the National Council for Behavioral Health annual conference, NatCon18. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend.

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Fact Sheet: Support Mental Health and Criminal Justice Interventions to Lower Health Care Costs in the United States

March 21, 2018

This fact sheet was made leveraging BHECON’s State Chartbooks produced by the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Economics & Policy. This advocacy tool overviews the over-representation of individuals living with serious mental illness or substance use disorders in the criminal justice system.

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Press Release: Minnesota, Kansas and Alaska Selected to Bolster State-led Advocacy

February 7, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Joy Burwell, 202.748.8789, JoyB@TheNationalCouncil.org Minnesota, Kansas and Alaska Selected to Bolster State-led Advocacy Building off a successful first year, the Behavioral Health + Economics Network will continue breaking down policy silos to expand access to mental health services Washington, DC (February 7, 2018) – Despite growing…

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Fact Sheet: Support Community-Based Mental Health Treatment to Lower Hospitalization Costs in the United States

December 4, 2017

Support Community-Based Mental Health Treatment to Lower Hospitalization Costs in the United States This fact sheet was made leveraging BHECON’s State Chartbooks produced by the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Economics & Policy. This advocacy tool overviews the economic impact of avoidable psychiatric hospitalizations and provides a case example of…

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Consensus Statement on State Policy Reform

June 12, 2017

The Consensus Statement on State Policy Reform summarizes policy issues identified at the state forums and the recommended policy changes that will help improve their residents’ access to timely, high-quality mental health and addiction care.

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Forum: National BHECON Forum at NatCon17

April 2, 2017

On April 2, 2017, the National Council for Behavioral Health hosted the first National BHECON Forum at NatCon17, its national conference in Seattle. The forum provided a platform to discuss some of the common themes that emerged from the state BHECON forums, the future direction of behavioral health and economics…

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News Article: New state forums drive stakeholder solutions

August 12, 2016

The launch of BHECON was featured in Behavioral Healthcare Magazine. To read the article, click here.

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