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What’s happening nationally and what policy issues are being addressed?

The national landscape is being transformed as integrated behavioral health is being increasingly embraced by states, counties and primary care clinics. As awareness of the close linkages between physical and mental well-being grows among both the public and the providers, so does collaboration between the health and mental health systems. From the highest levels of government – The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the National Institute of Mental of Mental Health, HRSA, SAMHSA – to the most sparsely populated communities, partnerships between mental health and primary care are being created and fostered to achieve optimal benefits for all Americans.