Make a Difference Through APA Advocacy

Your Voice is Critical

APA works every day with policymakers on Capitol Hill, in the Administration, and at the state level to shape legislation and regulations that advance our profession and promote the highest quality of care for our patients and their families.

But advocacy can only work if APA members are involved. Here's how you can help:


APA Political Action Committee

APAPAC is the political arm of APA – our voice on Capitol Hill and how we get mental health champions elected to the U.S. Congress.



Congressional Advocacy Network

CAN is APA's political grassroots network – our advocates connect with members of Congress to ensure that legislation is informed by constituent psychiatrists.

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APA Advocacy Alerts

Stay up to date on current issues and APA initiatives by subscribing to our monthly advocacy newsletter and get alerts on urgent policy proposals.

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Explore APA Advocacy In-Depth

View APAs efforts on federal and state policy, legislation and regulations.

Recent Advocacy Highlights

Non-Physician Scope of Practice Advocacy

APA works to confront state legislative efforts by psychologists and other healthcare professionals to gain prescribing privileges. Members can learn more about APA's work by accessing our non-physician scope of practice advocacy center.

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Access to Care

APA has created model legislation for all 50 states and Washington, DC to increase access to psychiatric care by expanding reimbursement of the Collaborative Care billing codes.

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Mental Health Parity

At both the federal and state levels, APA is supporting legislation requiring transparency and accountability from insurers and state regulators on parity implementation.

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Advocacy Action Center

Take action today on legislation and issues that need your voice.

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2020 Successes

APA supports psychiatry at the federal and state levels on behalf of our membership. View highlights of our 2020 efforts.

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Advocacy 101: Promoting Positive Mental Health Policy

This online course is open to all members who wish to learn more or improve their current understanding of how to advocate policymakers.

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