Established in 1967

Illinois Association for Behavioral Health

(Formerly IADDA)

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


Hyatt Regency, St. Louis

IABH is partnering with Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare for the 2016 Conference


In order to address questions in advanced, we would like to make sure our membership understands important differences in member fees to attend the upcoming joint Missouri Coalition/Illinois Association for Behavioral Health Conference.

Missouri receives considerable state support for its conference, which allows their registration fees to be subsidized down to a lower level. Illinois receives some limited state support, but nothing near the level of the Missouri side. So we are asking Illinois providersto register through the Illinois registration link, and Missouri providers to register through their registration link.

For those providers doing business in both states, if an attendee works over 50% of the time in a particular state, they should register through that state's registration link and price. This is a great opportunity to bring two states together to share best practices and promote connections - we appreciate the understanding in the differences between our two Associations!

Sara Howe, IABH
Brent McGinty, MCCBH


Anyone connected to the fields of mental health and substance abuse treatment and services should consider attending this conference. For IABH members, this is an exciting opportunity for provider executive teams to attend and spend some time Thursday night together at any of the surrounding restaurants to build team and organizational vision.

Representatives from all organizational levels should consider attending – individuals identified for the Physician Institute (primary care consultants, psychiatrists, other prescribers), executive, fiscal and clinical team members, community liaison positions, and staff identified for future leadership potential. In addition, this conference provides an affordable learning opportunity for non-IABH members – FQHCs, hospitals, law enforcement, court systems, advocacy groups, and many others.  For the price of this conference, this event is a relatively inexpensive way to gain valuable knowledge and continuing education credits!


  • Some Pre-conference's will begin on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.
  • Some of the pre-conferences are two-days and others are just one day on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
  • CEU's will be provided for the whole conference.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided during the conference on September 15-16, 2016.
  • More information will be provided for breakfast and lunch for the pre-conference workshops, as they may vary from what is provided on September 15-16, 2016. 


Make your room reservations early, we are only able to block as many rooms as the hotel offers, after that it's sold out!  We will however, have overflow hotels available if needed.   The room rate is $155 for a single or double room. The cut off date for the room block rate is August 13, 2016. 

Make your room reservation now


To see the details on pricing and registration, please view the following pdfs (click on each one to download)

2016 Agenda
at a glance

2016 Conference
Registration form

2016 Sponsorship

2016 Exhibitor

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 addictions and mental illness are preventable, effective treatment strategies exist for both addiction and mental illness, 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.