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What APA is Doing for You: Protecting IMGs a Major Priority as COVID-19 Crisis Continues

As the public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus continues to tax health care resources and infrastructure, it is clear that we must use every resource at our disposal to effectively fight the spread of illness and ensure that our patients can access essential health services, including mental health care.

What APA is Doing for You: Seeking Answers on COVID-19 Health Care Disparities

Among the global disruption caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we are seeing the alarming data about the impact that the virus is having on minority and underrepresented groups. We know that people in communities of color are likely to experience persistent disparities in health care. While we are still coming to grips with the full implications of this pandemic, it is evident that these health disparities are a fact that is exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

A Message from the APA on COVID-19

As the U.S. addresses COVID-19 (coronavirus), all medical associations are working to ensure the continued operations of their respective organizations, governing bodies, assemblies, boards, meetings, and conferences. APA is currently following updates from CDC, WHO, NIH, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and the other medical specialty societies.  

APA and Coalition Outline Policy Reforms to Improve Mental Health Care in Criminal Justice System

The criminal justice system bears an alarming share of the load of mental health care in the United States, often placing people with mental illness and substance use disorders in systems that have neither the resources nor the expertise to provide them the care they need. An estimated two million people with serious mental illness are booked in our jails each year. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that only a third of inmates with mental illness receive treatment, and for those that do, too often they receive less than the optimal care.

A Presidential Initiative for Mental Health

The 2020 presidential election will be one of the most consequential in recent memory. Whoever is inaugurated the following January will have to contend with a growing health care crisis, particularly where mental health and substance use disorders are concerned.