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APA Applauds House Passage of Funding Provisions for Mental Health Needs and Urges the Senate to Take Action

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education FY2021 appropriations bill that includes much needed funding for mental health care and medical research. The bill, which includes a total of $96.4 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, was part of a seven-bill spending package (HR 7617). Among the provisions supported by the APA are:

APA Statements in Remembrance of Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis

As civil rights leader and ‘conscience of Congress’ Rep. John Lewis is laid to rest today in Atlanta, Georgia, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued the following statements:

Needs of Students During the COVID-19 Era: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and American Psychiatric Association (APA) Detail Steps Necessary for Safely Reopening Schools This Fall

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) recognize that education, including school attendance, is an essential component of successful and healthy development for all children and adolescents. Access to universal, high-quality education is always the goal, but is especially true in the COVID-19 era, when many have had their education compromised and experience higher levels of stress from social isolation.

APA Presidential Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry Begins Its Work

The American Psychiatric Association today announced the members and charge of its Presidential Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry. The Task Force was initially described at an APA Town Hall on June 15 amidst rising calls from psychiatrists for action on racism. It held its first meeting on June 27, and efforts, including the planning of future town halls, surveys and the establishment of related committees, are underway.

APA President Testifies Before U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce on Mental Health During COVID-19 Pandemic

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today urged Congress to take several measures to curb the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a continuance of expanded telehealth rules, the enforcement of the parity law that requires insurers to cover mental health the same as physical health, as well as the collection and analysis of detailed data on the racial disparities in the mental health effects of COVID-19.

American Psychiatric Association and National Medical Association Jointly Condemn Systemic Racism in America

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the National Medical Association (NMA) stand together in expressing our condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the family of George Floyd. His murder was a senseless act of violence that we forcefully condemn.

New Research on Gun Violence Identifies Traits Associated with Increased Risk of Gun Use Among High-Risk Adolescents

Research out today identifies traits among high-risk adolescents associated with increased risk for gun use. Among high-risk adolescents, those with greater callous-unemotional traits were more likely to carry a gun and to use a gun during a crime over a four-year period following an initial arrest, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

APA Applauds Dr. Patrice Harris for Her Tenure as President of the American Medical Association

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statements to mark the end of Dr. Patrice Harris’ one-year tenure as president of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest medical society with roughly 250,000 members. Dr. Harris is a Fellow of the APA and is a practicing psychiatrist, trained in child/adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.

American Psychiatric Association Foundation Announces Support for Two Efforts Providing COVID-19 Relief to Health Care Workers: CopeNYP and Frontline Foods

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and community services and health systems are increasingly strained, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) announced that its recently launched COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund will support two efforts to help health care workers: CopeNYP and Frontline Foods. The Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

APA Releases Guidance on Admittance, Discharge of Psychiatric Patients During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and community services and health systems are increasingly strained, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) announced that its recently launched COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund will support two efforts to help health care workers: CopeNYP and Frontline Foods. The Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

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