• Reintroductrion of Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act

    Statement from Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health On the Reintroduction of Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act

    Sophia Majlessi
    (202) 621-1631

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 14, 2019) — The National Council for Behavioral Health is pleased the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act was reintroduced today. We thank the original sponsors, Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), with Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), as well as the new bipartisan co-sponsors.

    Congress created the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) program in 2014 as an eight-state, two-year, demonstration project for states to improve access to evidence-based care, addiction treatment and mental health care; improve care coordination; and provide 24/7/365 access to emergency care. Today’s reintroduction of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act seeks to renew the CCBHC demonstration program in the original eight states for two years and expand it to 11 additional states.

    The passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act began to address the desperate demand for treatment of addictions and mental illnesses. The eight states are leading a bold shift in this country, transforming community services from a patchwork of underfunded and overburdened organizations into a thriving array of clinics that provide patient-centered care. This important legislation would allow current innovation to continue for another two years, expand the opportunity so others struggling can get effective care and enable important analysis and learning that can be shared nationwide.

    The CCBHC model represents a critical advance in coordinating and integrating addiction care. Early results from the two-year program demonstrate that 94 percent of CCBHCs report an increase in the number of persons receiving treatment for an opioid use disorder (OUD) and 92 percent of CCBHCs offer at least one type of FDA-approved medication-assisted treatment (MAT), either on-site or via referral to an outside program. Expanding the model will allow more communities to respond to the opioid epidemic that is ravaging the country.

    Once again demonstrating their leadership and ongoing commitment to science-based community treatment, the National Council looks forward to working with Sens. Stabenow and Blunt and with Reps. Matsui and Mullin to pass the bipartisan Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act.

  • Press event today on the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act

    Today at 12 p.m. ET, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) will host a press conference to reintroduce the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act - legislation that would extend and expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic initiative.

    The expansion legislation will extend the initiative in the original eight states by two years and expand the groundbreaking program to 11 others states for two years. The press conference will feature remarks from the four bill authors, First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, National Council member Laura Heebner from Compass Health Network in Missouri, Assistant Chief James Willyard from the Pryor Creek Police Department in Oklahoma, and Dea Duggan, a consumer receiving care at National Council member BestSelf Behavioral Health in Buffalo, New York.

    Please join the National Council at 12 p.m. ET livestreaming the press conference

    You can also engage in the conversation on social media with the following tweets:
     The #ExcellenceInMentalHealth Act is crucial to expanding community based mental health and addiction services. We thank @SenStabenow, @RoyBlunt, @DorisMatsui, and @RepMullin for their leadership in re-introducing this bill today.
     Reach out to your legislators to encourage them to support the #ExcellenceInMentalHealth Act. It will extend and expand CCBHCs which are improving access to mental health and addiction treatment in communities across the U.S.
     The passage of the #ExcellenceInMentalHealth Act is the needed investment in community based mental health and addiction services.
     If you want to improve our country's mental health care, CCBHCs are one of the most effective ways to do it. Ask your legislator to support the #ExcellenceInMentalHealth Act.
     Funding for CCBHCs is scheduled to end in 2019. If this happens, more than 9,000 patients will lose access to medication-assisted treatment, 3,000 staff will be laid off and CCBHCs will be forced to turn people away. We must pass the #ExcellenceInMentalHealth Act.
  • Chuck Ingoglia Next National Council President and Chief Executive Officer

    National Council for Behavioral Health Board of Directors Appoints Chuck Ingoglia Next President and Chief Executive Officer

    WASHINGTON, DC (March 11, 2019) - The National Council for Behavioral Health, today announced that its board of directors unanimously selected Chuck Ingoglia as the next president and CEO for the organization. He will succeed Linda Rosenberg, the current president and CEO on June 1, 2019.

    “On behalf of the National Council Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that after a comprehensive national selection process, the board is delighted to appoint Chuck Ingoglia to the role of president and CEO, " said Jeff Richardson, chair of the board of directors. "With more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health, working as a provider, advocate and educator for government and public sector organizations, we are fortunate to have a leader with Chuck’s skill and deep knowledge. He is the clear choice to lead the National Council into the future.”

    Since joining the organization in 2005, Ingoglia has served as the National Council’s senior vice president of policy and practice improvement. He has directed federal and state policy efforts and overseen practice improvement programs offered to behavioral health professionals across the U.S. His efforts have centered on key issues such as parity, health care reform and improving access to behavioral health treatment in communities.

    Prior to joining the National Council, Ingoglia provided policy and program design guidance to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He also directed state government relations and service system improvement projects for the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America), served as a policy analyst for the National Association of Social Workers and designed educational programs for mental health and addictions professionals at the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare.

    "We are very grateful to Linda for 15 years of outstanding leadership and fortunate that Chuck has accepted the position. Chuck is a proven leader and the best choice from a deep pool of interested and highly qualified candidates from across the country," said Richardson. “His vision and strategy are exactly what the National Council needs as we enter our next chapter.”

    “I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the next president and CEO,” stated Ingoglia. “With the support of the phenomenal board and staff, I look forward to furthering the mission of the National Council. Together, we will continue to protect and expand access to community behavioral health to ensure that all Americans have access to quality mental health and addiction services. And together we will continue the growth of Mental Health First Aid, our nation’s premier public education program focusing on mental health and addiction.”
  • SAMHSA's BRSS TACS 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) is pleased to announce the 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity, an intensive technical assistance (TA) opportunity for peer-run organizations, recovery community organizations, family-run organizations, and youth and young adult-run organizations.

    The 2019 Capacity Building Opportunity contributes to SAMHSA’s mission to reduce the impact of substance misuse and mental illness on American communities. Applicants are encouraged to consider SAMHSA’s activities related to mental illness and substance abuse disorders in the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee and its report to Congress, the SAMHSA Strategic Plan FY2019–FY2023, and Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health.

    The 2019 BRSS TACS Capacity Building Opportunity will offer sustained, individualized consultation, training, and peer-to-peer support for up to 25 peer-run, recovery community, family-run, or youth and young adult-run organizations in one of the five designated focus areas.

    • Partnering with State Systems to Advance Recovery  
    • Developing an Integrated Workforce
    • Building Infrastructure and Organizational Capacity
    • Sustaining Access to Treatment and Recovery in Educational Settings  
    • Supporting Reintegration
    For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please review the complete overview and application at:

    Applications are due by Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.  

    Questions? Email BRSS TACS at
  • NatCon19 Scholarships Available!

    A limited number of scholarships are available to those with lived mental health and addictions experience. Scholarships will cover registration fees and travel expenses for NatCon19, held March 25-27, 2019 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN. Please complete the scholarship application form by Jan. 14, 2019. For questions please contact Maggie McDonnell at
  • You’re Invited! Travel to Kosovo with the National Council

    Interested in experiencing another country’s mental health and addictions care first-hand?

    The National Council invites you to join us and NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, for the International Exchange Trip to Pristina, Kosovo, from May 18 to May 25, 2019.

    As part of the delegation, you will have the opportunity to observe behavioral health service providers and discuss their methods and experiences implementing programs designed by international experts. You’ll learn from these programs and exchange U.S.-based best practices. The topics of discussion and site visits will focus on:

    • Epidemiology of addiction/mental health disorders in Kosovo.
    • Assessment, intervention and referral, treatment and care options for substance use disorders and mental health.
    • Scarcity of service providers and access to treatment initiatives.
    • Role of primary care and community-based services in identification and treatment.
    • Ongoing quality of life and community rehabilitation programs.
    • Resources for patients and affected family members.
    • Treatment for post-conflict traumatic disorders.
    In addition to these learning opportunities, you can participate in planned cultural excursions that provide insight into this unique country and its diverse populations.

    You are welcome to invite a travel companion (colleague/significant other/family member) to experience this trip with you. And please feel free to share this opportunity with anyone you think might be interested.

    More details and registration information can be found on NAADAC’s website.

    For questions, contact Whitney Ball at We hope you will join us in Kosovo for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
  • Introducing National Council’s Improved Career Center

    We know you are always looking to bolster your workforce. We also know the best and brightest behavioral health care professionals are out there but can be hard to find. We are here to help. Access this targeted and qualified pool of talent by advertising your jobs on the National Council for Behavioral Health’s enhanced career center, JOBank.

    Benefits of the new and improved JOBank include, the ability to:
    • Set-up pre-screen filters to deliver only the best candidates
    • Put your job posting in front of more job seekers with frequent job alerts sent to all job seekers in the database. For even more visibility you can feature your job and logo on JOBank’s homepage
    • Save time by easily managing and tracking all your applicants right from the applicant tracking system
    • Set up resume alerts and receive automatic emails when an applicant meets job posting criteria, so you can connect as quickly as possible with qualified applicants
    • Send your job posting to our Partner Network sites for increased exposure
    • Access customer service representatives via email, phone and online chat
    The National Council’s JOBank has the talent you’re looking for. Visit today to learn more and explore.
  • Be a National Council Award of Excellence Honoree

    Do you have your speech ready? Know someone who deserves a behavioral health top honor?

    We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards of Excellence!

    As you know, we consider our Awards of Excellence Celebration the Academy Awards of behavioral health. It is our opportunity to roll out the red carpet and celebrate. With this being our 50th year, it will be the biggest celebration yet!

    Do you work with the Doctor of the Year? Know someone who demonstrates Excellence in Advocacy? A person, group or organization that has made a significant impact on their community with Mental Health First Aid?  WE want to celebrate the individuals and organizations pushing the boundaries to improve behavioral health care. If you are or know a deserving individual or organization, submit a nomination today!

    The Awards of Excellence celebration will have it all. Join us in Nashville on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, during NatCon19 as we celebrate the Awards of Excellence honorees!

    Register today for NatCon19 and get your seats for the Awards of Excellence Celebration.

    Special thanks to our Sponsors. If you would like to join them and be a part of this once in a lifetime event, contact Amanda McKinney at
  • NatCon19 is Looking for the Best – Last Call to Submit Your Proposal

    Bring your best to NatCon19 – the National Council Conference! We’re going all out to celebrate the National Council’s 50th year and you’ll want to be part of this momentous event.

    Submit your proposal to present your groundbreaking ideas at NatCon19 by Friday, November 2, 2018!

    NatCon has built its reputation by providing the best of the best with outstanding presentations on the most significant innovations in finance, integrated health care, technology and professional development. And this year, for the first time, we’re also inviting leaders in evidence-based, data-driven research from across the behavioral field to present at our new one-day Research Symposium.

    We’re looking for ideas that will:

    Reflect our dynamic community.
    Benefit attendees’ professional needs.
    Present learning objectives that are measurable and achievable.
    Demonstrate strong outcomes.
    Inspire attendees to implement what they’ve learned.
    Do you have a concept you want to share? An idea so bold that it will make the field better? Then we want you!

    Respond to the NatCon19 Call for Papers. Submit your proposal today!
  • National Council Connect is Live!

    It’s here! We have taken the National Council member listserv to the next level and introducing National Council Connect!

    This dynamic new platform combines the instant active response features of our former member listserv with new, user-friendly discussion forums, with the ability to control how frequently you receive posts. Best of all, it’s member-driven and rich with the content you need to know.

    Why wait to connect with your peers across the country and access to valuable resources? Get started today and take advantage of this exciting new member benefit.

    • Sign in using your National Council login.
    • Watch the Welcome video to learn more about this easy-to-use platform.
    • Customize  your profile and privacy preferences.
    • Browse the existing discussions or start a conversation.
    • Go to the Directory and find members you want to connect with.
    • Check out the new Resource Library.
    • Start building your network – share ideas, get answers, increase your productivity, find resources and keep valuable relationships alive.
    Need more reasons to join the National Council Community? How about …

    • Enhanced discussion capabilities – New streamlined emails are easier to read and reply to on your screen or device.
    • Flexible subscription options – Catch up with your community on your schedule.
    • Enhanced Member Directory – Find and connect with your colleagues easily between face-to-face events.
    • Resource sharing – Add and share valuable documents in a dedicated Resource Library.
    • Tailored discussions – Follow just the topics you’re interested in.

    Have questions about the Connect Platform? Contact

    Questions about National Council membership? Contact or contact me directly at