Association for

Behavioral Health and Wellness

The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) is the national voice for specialty behavioral health and wellness companies. ABHW member companies provide specialty services to treat mental health, substance use and other behaviors that impact health. ABHW supports effective federal, state and accrediting organization policies that ensure specialty behavioral health organizations (BHOs) can continue to increase quality, manage costs and promote wellness for the nearly 150 million people served by our members.

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New Directions Behavioral Health

ABHW spotlights our member companies in the Perspectives section of our website. Interviews conducted with ABHW’s members highlight programs and initiatives they are offering, their experience in the changing health care landscape, and other current topics of interest. For this piece, ABHW intervi... [More]




The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness is the premiere advocacy organization for managed behavioral health organizations (MBHOs) and a valuable resource to people interested in learning about the approaches to healthcare implemented by MBHOs to improve outcomes for individuals with a mental health or substance use disorder. We are respected leaders in the behavioral health and medical arena advocating for policies and programs that help enable our association members to provide high quality personalized health care that helps their members recover and live life to their full potential.



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Educate federal and state policymakers, accreditation agencies, health care providers and the media on the value and effectiveness of BHOs.

Advocate for policies that ensure BHOs can continue to effectively increase quality, manage costs and improve health care outcomes.

Promote quality health care delivery that strives to achieve recovery, wellness and a productive workforce.

Collaborate within the industry and with key stakeholders to exchange ideas and offer creative solutions to on-going and emerging challenges.



ABHW Comments on SAMHSA’s Peer Core Competencies: ABHW is pleased to see a comprehensive list of essential core competencies required by peer providers. (May 21, 2015)

ABHW Press Statement: ABHW Mourns Loss of Robin Williams (August 12, 2014)

Stamp Out Stigma highlighted in Behavioral Healthcare, MBHOs Launch Anti-Stigma Campaign for MI and SUD (May 22, 2014)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Applauds Reps. Peters and Miller for Introducing National Mental Health No Stigma Week Resolution (May 14, 2014)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Launches Stamp Out Stigma Campaign to Reach 1 Million People in 2014 (April 2, 2014)

Final Parity Rule Provides New Guidance for ABHW Members – The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) issued the following statement today in response to the release of the final Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) regulations this morning. (November 8, 2013)

ABHW letter to the Senate Finance Committee in response to the Committee’s request for information from the mental health community on how to improve the mental health system in the United States (September 30, 2013)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW President and CEO Participates in Historic White House Conference on Mental Health, Applauds National Dialogue (June 3, 2013)

ABHW article in Behavioral Healthcare, ABHW endorses effectiveness of peers and peer support services - MBHO group suggests action to expand the use of peers in behavioral health treatment nationwide (March 28, 2013)

ABHW Statement on Health Care Cost Institute report, The Impact of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act on Inpatient Admissions (February 27, 2013)

ABHW Report on Peer Support Services. A Valuable Component of Behavioral Healthcare (January 28, 2013)

ABHW Response on Request for Information Regarding Health Care Quality for Exchanges (December 26, 2012)

ABHW Comment Letter on Patient Protection Affordable Care Act; Standards Related to Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, and Accreditation (December 26, 2012)

Mental Health Weekly article on ABHW Support for Million Hearts Campaign (August 6, 2012)

Joint Paper: Preserve Specialty Behavioral Health Option for the Dual Eligible Population (July 2012)