Frequently Asked Questions

Semi-Retired and Retired Membership Categories

These categories will begin with the 2022 Renewal Year; qualified members can apply beginning in Spring 2021.

What are the new Semi-Retired and Retired membership categories?

  • The APA will be instituting two new membership categories that will replace the Rule of 95 beginning January 1, 2022 as approved by the Board of Trustees and Assembly in 2018.
  • The newly created categories of semi-retired and retired provide more flexibility for a more diverse and changing workforce and simplifies the membership structure.
  • Beginning in April 1 - July 31, 2021, members may opt-in to these categories for the 2022 membership renewal year once the individual requirements are met.

What is the Semi-Retired membership category and what does it cost?

  • A General or Life Member who is near retirement age and works less than 15 hours per week in any administrative or clinical role or roles (i.e. across multiple settings).
  • Members in this category will continue to receive all member benefits and be able to vote and hold office.
  • APA dues will be 50% of APA's current full dues rate; District Branches and State Associations dues may not exceed more than half of their current full dues rates (i.e. dues can be less but not more).

What is the Retired membership category and what does it cost?

  • A General or Life Member who has reached retirement age and is fully retired from all administrative or clinical responsibilities.
  • Members in this category will continue to receive all member benefits and be able to vote and hold office.
  • APA dues will be 1/3 of APA's current full dues rate; District Branches and State Associations dues may not exceed more than one-third of their current full dues rates.

When can I apply?

Applications will be accepted April 1 through July 31 of each year for January 1. Applications received outside of these dates will be considered for the following renewal year.

How do I apply?

  • An online form will be created that allows members to opt-in for these categories.
  • The form will include an attestation that must be read and checked off before proceeding. Attestation will ask the member to ethically certify that they meet the requirements and will let us know if any change occurs in the future that effects their qualification for these categories.
  • The DBs and members of the APA can submit evidence that challenges the status of a member.

If I’m already in the Rule of 95 or will be by the time these categories are live, what happens?

Starting in Spring 2021, for the 2022 renewal year, those who are currently in the Rule of 95 (LM1 – LM) can choose to opt into full dues paying, semi-retired and retired categories, OR can remain in the Rule of 95. A member cannot move back into the Rule 95 category once they have opted into a new category.

What happens if I currently have a dues waiver or have an Inactive Status?

Dues Waivers and temporary inactive status moving forward is limited to those Members who have had an event that temporarily impacts their ability to work (such as a serious illness or job loss) and shall not be used to accommodate Semi-Retired or Retired Members starting with the 2022 renewal period.

Can I join or reinstate into the Semi-Retired or Retired categories?

Yes, as long as you meet membership criteria and criteria for the category that you will be opting into. You will need to submit an application for approval in advance of opting-in.

What if I want to pay my remaining dues as a lump sum?

How can I learn more about the Retired and Semi-Retired Membership categories?

  • District Branches can reproduce APA information about this on their website or link to psychiatry.org.
  • APA's Membership Team will be available to answer questions. Email membership@psych.org.

Contact Your Membership Coordinator

Please contact the Membership Coordinator for your region regarding any questions about your membership account and/or payments.

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