On the eve of a planned House vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) sent a letter to Congressional leaders voicing its opposition to the bill.
APA today reaffirmed its support behind the ethics guideline commonly known as “The Goldwater Rule,” which asserts that member psychiatrists should not give professional opinions about the mental state of someone they have not personally evaluated.
APA is deeply concerned that the proposed ACA replacement released last night will negatively impact care for people with mental illness and substance use disorders. The APA urges continued support and expanded access to quality, evidence-based mental health and substance use services.
APA announced that the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) – non-profit consortium of more than 600 faculty members from leading U.S. academic medical centers – will collaborate with the APA on PsychPRO, the APA’s national mental health registry.
Despite federal recommendations for depression screening, a new national study found that less than 5 percent of adults were screened for depression in primary care settings. The low screening rate suggests missed opportunities to identify individuals with depression and link them to care, according to study authors. The research was published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance.
The membership of the APA has chosen Altha Stewart, M.D., as its next president-elect. She is first African-American to lead the APA, which dates back to 1844.
The American Psychiatric Association issued a letter to Congressional leaders to ensure that Americans with mental health and substance use disorders continue to have access to needed care.
APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., began a new position today as Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In her new role, she will lead a large, research-oriented department whose faculty members practice and conduct research in psychiatry and behavioral health, including depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders and substance use disorders.
Two new studies looked at how two federal laws – the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), – impacted access to coverage for patients with mental illness. The research, published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance, also suggests remaining challenges.
President Barack Obama today signed the 21st Century Cures Act, far-reaching legislation with numerous provisions intended to reform and improve the nation’s mental health care system. APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., witnessed the signing.
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