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APA Reasserts Support for Affordable Care Act as Supreme Court Hears California v. Texas

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today on California v. Texas, litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The suit seeks to have the ACA entirely invalidated now that the so-called individual mandate has been essentially removed.

APA Congratulates President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President- Elect Kamala Harris; Pledges to Work with Them on Advancing Mental Health

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today congratulates Joseph Biden on winning the 2020 election as the next president of the United States, and Kamala Harris for becoming the first Black woman and first Indian American to be elected vice president.

APA Calls for Calm During the 2020 National Election; Urges Leaders from Both Parties to Condemn Violence

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) acknowledges the raw emotions that are circulating as the nation approaches Election Day and, as psychiatrists, we are deeply concerned about the potential for violence in our communities regardless of who wins.

APA Condemns Fatal Police Shooting in Philadelphia; Calls for Expansion of Crisis Intervention Capability

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statement in response to the police shooting death this week of Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black male who had mental illness and needed crisis invention.

New APA Poll Shows Surge in Anxiety Among Americans Top Causes Are Safety, COVID-19, Health, Gun Violence, and the Upcoming Election

According to a new public opinion poll released today by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), 62 percent of Americans feel more anxious than they did at this time last year. That marks a sizable increase over APA polls of the past three years, in which the number has ranged between 32 and 39 percent.

New APA Poll Reveals That Americans are Increasingly Anxious About Climate Change’s Impact on Planet, Mental Health

More than two-thirds of Americans (67%) are somewhat or extremely anxious about the impact of climate change on the planet, and more than half (51%) are somewhat or extremely anxious about the impact of climate change on their own mental health, according to a new poll out today from the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

APA and AACAP Deeply Concerned Over Reports that Parents of Children Separated from Families at U.S. Border Cannot be Found

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry today issued the following statement in response to media reports that the parents of 545 migrant children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border can no longer be found.

APA Congratulates Its Members Elected as Officers to the Executive Committee and Board of the World Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today announced that three of its members have been elected to leadership positions at the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). Two will join the Executive Committee for six-year terms as officers of the WPA: APA Past President Paul Summergrad, M.D., will serve as the WPA Secretary for Finances; and Edmond Pi, M.D., who previously served as the WPA USA Zone 2 Representative and vice chair of the APA Scientific Program Committee will serve as WPA Secretary for Scientific Meetings. Bernardo Ng, M.D., immediate past chair of the APA Council on International Psychiatry and Global Health was elected as the WPA Zone 2 (United States) Representative for a three-year term.

New App Will Help People with Serious Mental Illness Develop a Crisis Plan

A new mobile app, My Mental Health Crisis Plan, allows individuals who have serious mental illness to create a plan to guide their treatment during a mental health crisis. The app was developed by SMI Adviser, an initiative administered by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

APA Praises House COVID-19 Relief Package; Calls Upon Senate to Pass Legislation

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today applauded the mental health and addiction-related resources included in the Heroes Act (H.R. 8406) passed by the U.S. House.  Evidence is mounting that the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating mental health conditions, while the economic consequences of the pandemic have been reducing the mental health and substance use treatment capacity across the country. The resources in the House-passed Heroes Act constitute a needed step toward treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders. The bill includes: 

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