An Inventory& Environmental Scan of Evidence-Based Practices for Treating Persons in Early Stages of Serious Mental Disorders, February 2015

NASMHPD Executive Director Job Announcement

Presentations from the NASMHPD Annual 2014 Commissioners Meeting now available.

Findings from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Demonstration Show Early Identification Reduces the Onset of Psychosis , July 2014

The Vital Role of State Psychiatric Hospitals , July, 2014

NASMHPD Comments on the Energy and Commerce Committee Digital Health Care Initiative , July, 2014

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

Learning Community Opportunity: Examining the Implementation of the National CLAS Standards in Behavioral Health Systems

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


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.