Make a Difference Through APA Advocacy

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 APA’s efforts on federal and state policy, legislation and regulations.


Recent Advocacy Highlights

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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Workforce Development
APA advocates for federal and state resources that will ensure a robust pipeline of psychiatrists to meet the needs of patients with mental health and substance use disorders.

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Advocacy Action Center

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

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2019 Successes

APA supports psychiatry at the federal and state levels on behalf of our membership. View highlights of our 2019 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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