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Category : Saul Levin M.D., M.P.A.

Unveiling APA’s Access Agenda

As President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and the 117th Congress took office, they arrived in the midst of multiple crises impacting Americans’ mental health—the pandemic, economic crisis and systemic racism—as well as the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection. Americans are feeling more anxious and overdose deaths reached a record high last year. Federal policymakers have a fresh opportunity in the next six months to make an impact.

Remembering Rep. John Lewis, a Civil Rights Icon

Rep. John Lewis, the congressional leader from Georgia and lifelong advocate for freedom, equality and basic human rights for Black Americans and other underrepresented groups, died recently after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. His passing should cause us all pause to reflect on what he meant for this country and what he did to improve the lives of so many.

APA Member Survey Highlights Benefits of Telehealth Use During Pandemic

Since March, the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 has changed many things about our day-to-day lives, including the way our patients access care and the way psychiatrists practice medicine. These changes have been driven by distancing guidelines meant to curtail the spread of the coronavirus and protect doctors, patients and their families.

Podcast: The COVID-19 Crisis and Behavioral Health

The public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on virtually all facets of our daily lives, especially health care. While the ultimate effects of COVID-19 on both individuals and populations are unclear, we know we will have to navigate the impact of the pandemic on the behavioral health system. The rates of depression, suicide, and substance use are expected to surge as communities continue to struggle with COVID-19 cases—along with the fear, isolation, children falling behind in education and unemployment that comes with the pandemic. It is essential that policymakers ensure that communities have continued access to mental health and substance use disorder services not only during, but also in the aftermath of this pandemic.

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.