Mission, Vision, and Values


The American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.


The mission of the American Psychiatric Association is to:

  • promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental disorders (including intellectual developmental disorders and substance use disorders) and their families;
  • promote psychiatric education and research;
  • advance and represent the profession of psychiatry; and
  • serve the professional needs of its membership.


  • best standards of clinical practice
  • highest ethical standards of professional conduct
  • prevention, access, care and sensitivity for patients and compassion for their families
  • patient-focused treatment decisions
  • scientifically established principles of treatment
  • advocacy for patients
  • leadership
  • lifelong professional learning
  • collegial support
  • respect for diverse views and pluralism within the field and the association
  • respect for other health professionals