Health Reform and Mental Health Parity

No matter the form, discrimination is wrong. Yet, people with mental health are discriminated against when they are required to pay higher copayments, allowed fewer doctor visits or days in the hospital, or made to pay higher deductibles than those that apply to other medical illnesses. The financial and human cost of untreated mental health is great, while data clearly show that the cost of instituting equal coverage for treatment of mental health is low.

APA salutes the passage and signing of the 2008 Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity Act. For more information on this breakthrough legislation, please see the resources below.

For more information on Health Reform and Mental Health Parity, please contact the Department of Government Relations at (703) 907-7800 or at

APA Summary: Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act

APA Summary: Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act






Parity Implementation Coalition (PIC)  Mental Health Parity Fact Sheet
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA)  PPACA & Psychiatry Fact Sheet
Department of Labor 2012 Report to Congress:

Compliance with MHPAEA
ACA Timeline

  Comprehensive Mental Health Legislation Fact Sheet 
  Health Care Reform: A Primer for Psychiatrists