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Mental Health Advocates Honored at 2017 APEX Awards

The American Psychiatric Excellence (APEX) Awards made its return this year at the November meeting of the APA Assembly, and the results were fantastic.

APA Remains Committed to Supporting Goldwater Rule

Today, APA’s Ethics Committee issued an opinion that reaffirms our organization’s support for “The Goldwater Rule,” which asserts that psychiatrists should not give professional opinions about the mental state of individuals that they have not personally and thoroughly evaluated. The opinion from the Ethics Committee clarifies the ethical principle of the rule and answers several questions that have recently cropped up surrounding its use.

Make Your Voice Heard by Voting in APA’s National Election

Voting for the APA National Election opened recently, and will remain so until 1 PM ET on Jan. 31. We are lucky to have a fantastic slate of candidates this year, all of whom are generously offering to work for you and the APA.

Passage of 21st Century Cures Act a Big Win for Mental Health Reform

Simply put, the passage of this legislation is a significant victory for the 13 million Americans living with serious mental illness and substance use disorders, their families, and the psychiatrists and mental health professionals that treat them. It also represents the first bill dealing with mental health reform in a very long time.

CMS Shows Strong Support for Collaborative Care

The Collaborative Care model received significant recognition when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their final rule for the 2017 Medicare Fee Schedule last week, and I am delighted. We thank CMS for listening to our input on the rule and responding in such a way.