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An Update from APA’s New Washington D.C. Home

It’s been just more than a month since the American Psychiatric Association made our return to the District of Columbia, and I couldn’t be happier with how things are going.

CMS Pledges to Work with States to Address Opioid Crisis

On Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would work with states on special waivers to section 1115 of the Social Security Act designed to improve access to and quality of treatment for Medicaid patients struggling with addiction. This is a boon to local communities that are struggling to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic.

Honoring Dr. John Fryer, A Hero for LGBT Rights

Last week I was honored to deliver a keynote address at the dedication ceremony for a Pennsylvania state historical marker honoring John Fryer, M.D., in Philadelphia. Dr. Fryer holds a special place in the history of the American Psychiatric Association and the LGBTQ community, but the very nature of his contribution has made it difficult for him to achieve the recognition he deserved.

A Rabbi’s Message on Mental Illness

The past two days are two of three holiest days of the Jewish calendar. It was Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah. Jews across the globe get together to pray, reflect and begin the 10 days of introspection and prayers that culminate in the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement. It is when, it says that at the end of the fast, the gates of heavens close and your fate is sealed by the Lord for the coming year. During the 10 days we can, through “repentance, prayer and charity,” help cancel the stern degree of your fate for the coming year.

Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal Bill Harmful to Patients, Psychiatry

The latest effort to repeal and replace the ACA would make significant changes to the Medicaid program that would harm our most vulnerable patients. Released by Senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., the “Graham-Cassidy Bill” contains numerous provisions that would have an impact on both the practice of psychiatry and the treatment of those with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. The APA strongly opposes this legislation, and we renew our call for a real, bipartisan solution to health care reform. The bill is slated to go to the Senate floor in the next several days, however; two Republican senators have announced their intention to vote no on the bill.