Blueprint for the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED)

The National Network to Eliminate Disparities (NNED) in Behavioral Health was formed with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in partnership with the National Alliance of Multi-ethnic Behavioral Health Associations (NAMBHA) to address disparities in behavioral health care.

The NNED supports information sharing, training and technical assistance among organizations and communities dedicated to the behavioral health and well-being of diverse communities. The NNED identifies and links “pockets of excellence” in reducing disparities and promoting behavioral health equity.

The blueprint for the NNED includes the following components:

  1. Definition and context of disparities and rationale for a network structure;
  2. Vision statement;
  3. Mission statement;
  4. The initial populations of focus;
  5. Core principles and values that will guide the interactions and working relationships of those who participate in the NNED;
  6. The operating structure, roles and functions of the various entities comprising the NNED;
  7. Priority areas for the NNED; and,
  8. Recommendations for “start-up tasks” to begin implementation of the NNED.

Population of focus: Community and ethnic-based organizations that provide behavioral health interventions to minority populations.

Link to resource: http://nned.net/docs-general/NNEDBlueprint40408.pdf

Date: 2008

Organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration