Around the country, the American Psychiatric Association's department of government relations provides assistance to District Branch and State Societies/Associations on state legislative and regulatory topics. This includes tracking health care legislation; serving as a clearinghouse for best lobbying practices and model legislation; and providing on-site strategic assistance and grassroots training.
APA recently assisted the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association (LPMA) in writing a letter to the Senate Health Committee. LPMA requested to be included in a Task Force on Telehealth Access, as introduced in HCR 88. HCR 88 has passed the Louisiana State Legislature and LPMA will be included in the task force. You can find the letter here.
The APA Non-Physician Scope of Practice Information Center is available for APA members and District Branches/State Associations interested in strategies and resources needed to confront state legislative efforts by psychologists to gain prescribing privileges.
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Web-based Advocacy Services (Grassroots Alerts/Messages)
The APA Department of Government Relations, State Affairs offers District Branches and State Associations the ability to utilize APA’s web-based advocacy services for your state legislative and regulatory needs. To make this happen, all you need to do is complete the web-based advocacy services agreement (this only needs to be filled out once a year). After we have your agreement on file, your state legislative point person will have access to a specially created request form that allows you to choose your target, give background to your advocates and draft a letter to the target outlining the issues of concern. Then your advocates will be able to personalize the message and send the message directly to their legislator/regulator with the click of a button! You can access the agreement and request forms here.
STATE UPDATE NEWSLETTER
The Department of Government Relations has published the State Update Newsletter in the past. Past newsletters contain highlights of state legislation addressing mental health issues, state legislative races, the APA Department of Government Relations advocacy initiatives, and the work of APA’s District Branches/State Associations. We are currently revamping the State Update Newsletter to better fit the needs of our members.
For more information on how DGR can provide support for your District Branch or State Association, feel free to email Pamela Thorburn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Improving Access to Mental Health Treatment
Access to care remains a top priority for the APA. In this section, view articles, legislation, and programs deticated to improving access to mental health treatment.