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Established in 1967

Illinois Association for Behavioral Health

(formerly IADDA)

is a statewide organization representing addiction and mental illness prevention, treatment and recovery services agencies, staff, consumers, affiliated organizations, and corporations.


Our Mission

The mission of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH) is to advocate for sound public policies in the behavioral health field on behalf of clinicians, consumers, youth, family members, and individuals in recovery who are in need of services.  


We Envision

a healthy society in which:

  • Everyone battling addiction or mental illness have access to effective treatment
  • More people are in recovery
  • Communities actively participate in prevention and health promotion
  • Laws, public policies, and culture enhance everyone's well-being


We Educate

about the importance of Behavioral Health while sharing the message that addiction and mental illness are preventable, effective treatment strategies exist, and recovery is possible!  Our staff and members accomplish this through strategic advocacy efforts, comprehensive media campaigns, community forums, town hall meetings, letter writing, and much more.


What's New




Important Notice: Virtual Conference Proposals Now Being Accepted!


As COVID-19 has altered many aspects of life as we all know it, the 2020 IABH & IARF Conference and Expo is no exception. Knowing the importance of the many aspects an annual conference provides, the IABH and IARF team are working together to transform our 2020 Conference to a virtual event; the first one of its kind! The safety of our attendees, speakers, and staff are of utmost priority and with a virtual conference we will continue to aim to provide our attendees a meaningful experience at our event. Now is the time to connect with your colleagues and work together, more than ever!


With that being said, we are asking all speakers to consider submitting a proposals for our Virtual Event! Maybe it’s something you’ve done as a webinar or maybe it’s looking at your program and considering how to make the transition to a virtual format. Either way, we hope you are willing to share your innovative ideas with our community!


The IABH & IARF Conference will host a range of professionals and paraprofessionals providing prevention, treatment and recovery services for adults and children with intellectual/developmental disabilities, substance use and mental health disorders.


Proposals related to all aspects of human service including, management, policy, human resources and more are welcomed. Click here to view the full call for proposals.

Registration Now Open:

Privacy Practices & Trauma Informed Care


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, IABH has made the decision to move our future in-person Privacy Practices for Providers and Trauma-Informed Care trainings to virtual training sessions. This decision was made to maintain the health, safety, and peace of mind of our training attendees, speakers, and IABH employees. If you have already registered for one of these trainings, you will automatically be registered for the virtual training session on the same date.

Privacy Practices for Providers

This 1/2 day training will provide an overview of current statutory and regulatory confidentiality, privacy, and security requirements for behavioral healthcare providers and professionals.


Thursday, August 4 - Virtual

Trauma-Informed Care

This 1/2 day training will provide an opportunity for behavioral health providers to learn more about the basics of trauma-informed care and best practices for implementation.


Thursday, August 4 - Virtual



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