ABBHP Mission Statement


The mission of the American Board of Behavioral Healthcare Practice (ABBHP) is to promote quality in behavioral healthcare practice. A major objective of this mission is to create a seamless, user-friendly, integration of behavioral health into the healthcare system by eliminating the burdensome administration of archaic regulations that fragment the current healthcare system and impede the diagnosis and treatment of patients. ABBHP believes this is essential to improving patient health as well as improving the efficiency of healthcare. To achieve these aims ABBHP has established the following:

Criteria for the assessment of quality behavioral healthcare practice,leading to Diplomate status for doctoral level practitioners.

Eligibility for Diplomate status is open to licensed practitioners possessing either the Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical or professional psychology, the Doctor of Behavioral Health (D.B.H.), or a comparable new doctorate as deemed appropriate by ABBHP.

Active promotion of practices that integrate behavioral health into primary care medical settings, with high priority given to co-location of behavioral health within such settings.

Proficiency of the Diplomate to work side-by-side with physicians and other healthcare professionals in all conditions involving ICD or DSM diagnoses and subsequent treatment.

To achieve these aims ABBHP actively promotes and supports efforts in federal, state, local and professional venues in the following areas:

Preparing professional to practice in a manner that allows them to meet all the behavioral health needs of the patient, including prescription authority.

Supporting efforts to integrate behavioral health into the healthcare system.

Supporting not just increased utilization of evidence-based assessments and treatments, but those that actually work in an efficient manner in a natural healthcare setting (i.e., the Three Es of Healthcare: Efficacy, Effectiveness, and Efficiency).

Supporting innovations in behavioral practice and education that not only include health economics and business training, but also break down barriers that hamper continued positive innovation in the practice of behavioral healthcare.

Promoting the concept that a behavioral healthcare practitioner is first a highly skilled clinician, and secondly an intelligent consumer of science.