National Council for Behavioral Health

Healthy Minds. Strong Communities.

aka National Council for Mental Wellbeing   |   WASHINGTON, DC   |  https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/

Mission

Founded in 1969, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing is a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of nearly 3,500 mental health and substance use treatment organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults and families they serve. We advocate for policies to ensure equitable access to high-quality services. We build the capacity of mental health and substance use treatment organizations. And we promote greater understanding of mental wellbeing as a core component of comprehensive health and health care. Through our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program, we have trained more than 2.5 million people in the U.S. to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.

Ruling year info

1982

President & CEO

Chuck Ingoglia

Main address

1400 K ST NW STE 400

WASHINGTON, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

23-7092671

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (F02)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

These statistics provide a look at how many people face a mental health or substance use challenge: In the United States, almost half of adults (46.4 percent) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. 5 percent of adults (18 or older) experience a mental illness in any one year, equivalent to 43.8 million people. Of adults in the United States with any mental disorder in a one-year period, 14.4 percent have one disorder, 5.8 percent have two disorders and 6 percent have three or more. Half of all mental disorders begin by age 14 and three-quarters by age 24. In the United States, only 41 percent of the people who had a mental disorder in

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of policymakers or candidates reached

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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Number of federal legislators reached each year by National Council advocates

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

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Number of congressional staff briefings held

Number of conference attendees

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

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Attendees at our NatCon annual national conference

Total number of organization members

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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National Council members are healthcare organizations and management entities that offer treatment and supports to more than ten million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction

Number of training events conducted

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Related Program

Mental Health First Aid

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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Number of MHFA trainings held

Number of members from priority population attending training

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Related Program

Mental Health First Aid

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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Number of individuals trained in Mental Health First Aid (Adult, Adult in Spanish, Youth, Youth in Spanish)

Number of individuals attending briefings and presentations

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

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Number of attendees at congressional staff briefings

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

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Number of organizations joining our advocacy efforts as Hill Day Partners

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Despite overwhelming need, nearly 30 million people across the U.S. don’t have access to comprehensive, high-quality, affordable mental health and substance use care when they need it. By promoting mental health, recovery from substance use challenges and equitable access to high-quality care we will ensure that mental wellbeing is a reality for everyone.

The National Council thrives to make mental wellbeing, including recovery from substance use challenges, a reality for everyone.

The National Council is a 501(c)(3) association that advocates for policies that ensure people who have mental health and substance use challenges have access to comprehensive, high quality services. We also offer state-of-the-science education and practice improvement consulting and resources to ensure services are efficient and effective.

Through MHFA, a 4- to 8-hour course that teaches trainees to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and addiction, we will increase mental health literacy and positive help-seeking behavior among people, educate young people and adults on ways to help people in need, and decrease stigma and discrimination. Our training will be delivered through unique modules based on the stakeholder group or setting: Teen, Youth, Workplace, Higher Education, or Adult.

While MHFA delivers training on how to provide initial help to someone experiencing a crisis, it is imperative that those who require professional services have local access. We will increase access to quality, coordinated care by expanding CCBHCs, government-endorsed clinics that provide mental health and addiction care to everyone, regardless of insurance coverage, diagnosis, or ability to pay. Through CCBHCs, millions of young people and their families will have access to the comprehensive care they deserve.

The National Council also delivers training and technical assistance to support the implementation of quality, evidence-based behavioral health care across the country. Training and technical assistance covers topics such as: primary and behavioral health care integration, trauma-informed care, addiction and recovery services, readiness for alternative payment arrangements, among other topics.

For 50 years, the National Council has been at the forefront of ensuring access to community mental health and addiction care. Our 3,000+ member organizations serve 10+ million children, adults, and families in every state in the nation.

For the past 15 years, we have dramatically impacted change at the local level by supporting implementation of evidence-based interventions, guiding system redesign, and creating and expanding a quality public education program, enabling us to improve the lives of millions of young Americans where they live, work, and learn.

We provide sustainable solutions that deliver meaningful and long-term results, such as CCBHCs, a nationally recognized model of care that significantly expands access to community-based services, and MHFA, a training program that has taught almost 2 million Americans how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and addiction.

All our staff have been impacted by mental illness or addiction, either directly through lived experience, or indirectly through someone they care about. These experiences guide and motivate the work we do, regardless of size or scope – from our $40 million program to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations for people with mental illness that has saved New York State almost $190 million, to CONNECTED, our innovative initiative that amplifies the voice of young people as they change the dialogue around mental health in their community.

Our mission – to ensure every American is afforded the opportunity for wellness and recovery – guides our work as we strive to bring mental wellness to current and future generations.

MHFA is at a tipping point, with nearly 2 million individuals trained, 18,000 instructors and a presence in every state.

Dozens of studies have evaluated the efficacy of MHFA training [7] and research papers from around the world have been published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Such work shows that individuals trained in MHFA grow their knowledge of signs, symptoms, and risk factors related to mental illnesses and addictions; can identify professional and self-help resources for individuals in need; have increased confidence in, and are more likely to help, an individual in distress; report a reduction in negative attitudes and perceptions of people with mental illnesses; and display improvements in their own mental health and wellness.

Since 2017, 115 CCBHCs have formed across 21 states through a combination of federal and state initiatives. Our efforts will expand this movement across the country, tailoring each CCBHC to the community they serve while adhering to the core tenants that have made the model so successful.

Early data from the CCBHC program indicates advancements in the quality and reach of community services, as well as cost-savings for states and communities. CCBHCs in Missouri and Oklahoma have significantly reduced incarceration rates, recidivism, and jail days among their patients, while CCBHCs in New York State have seen reductions in emergency room admissions among their patients. In both cases, coordination and expansion of services by CCBHCs has resulted in millions of dollars in cost-savings. Additionally, according to a 2018 survey, since becoming a CCBHC, 100% of clinics have challenged current norms and integrated mental health, addiction, and primary care; 100% have launched or expanded addiction services; 50% have implemented new care delivery partnerships with schools and criminal justice agencies; 68% have experienced decreased patient wait times to see a health professional; and 25% have increased their patient caseloads, enabling them to treat more people and save more lives.

Financials

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National Council for Behavioral Health

Board of directors
as of 5/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeff Richardson

Sheppard Pratt Health System

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/07/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability