The Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health
Systems (MABHS) is the only trade association in
Massachusetts whose central mission is to focus on
inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse issues.
Originally founded in 1989 by the freestanding
psychiatric hospitals, the MABHS has grown over the
years and now consists of 42 inpatient facilities
statewide, from the Berkshires to Cape Cod. Its member
facilities have over 2,000 beds, and admit over 50,000
patients on an annual basis.
The MABHS is based in Belmont Massachusetts, and is
staffed by a full time Executive Director, David
Matteodo, who also is a registered lobbyist. The MABHS
is very involved with all levels of state government,
especially in the Legislative and Executive Branches.
Among its major priorities are advocacy for better
payments from MassHealth; advocacy for improvements and
timeliness in placing state DMH and DCF clients into
post-discharge settings; Parity in Insurance Coverage
for Mental Health and Substance Abuse; and advocacy with
private managed care firms and carve-outs. The MABHS
filed six of its own bills in the current
Legislative Session and will testify on numerous
bills, including the State Budget.
Member hospitals meet on a quarterly basis to
receive status updates; review MABHS priorities;
and discuss issues of common concern. Among the
major priorities are better access to services
for our patients; fair reimbursements for our
facilities; and provision of the highest quality
behavioral health care in our facilities.
The MABHS works cooperatively
with other Behavioral Health trade associations
and professional societies in Massachusetts and
also closely works with the National Association
of Psychiatric Health Systems on federal issues.
The MABHS is a non-profit 501(c) 6 Trade