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APA is working to ensure continued access to psychiatric services & to equip psychiatrists to respond and adapt.

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In our nation's capital, the APA Department of Government Relations and Division of Policy, Programs, and Partnerships staff advise Congress, the White House, and federal agencies on issues of significance to psychiatry. Representing the interests of psychiatrists, our patients, and their families, APA advocates on a wide range of legislative and regulatory initiatives. Additionally, APA's Political Action Committee, APAPAC, works to elect Members of Congress who demonstrate support for psychiatry and mental health.

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Federal Funding

Appropriations Research

Health Care Delivery Models

Collaborative Care Telepsychiatry

Health Insurance Coverage & Access

Medicare Medicaid Parity Substance Use Disorders Drug Pricing

Military & Veterans Affairs

Minority Mental Health & Health Equity

Women's Health LGBTQ+ Immigration Racial Disparities

Physician Reimbursement & Quality Improvement

Public Health

Suicide Prevention Gun Violence Trauma-informed Care Patient Safety

Workforce Development

GME Loan Repayment Programs International Medical Graduates (IMGs)



APA's Political Action Committee 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 is APA's political grassroots network who connect with Congress to ensure that legislation is informed by constituent psychiatrists.

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Recent Advocacy Actions

OCT 7 | Federal Funding

APA Expresses Support for Select Provisions in 2021 Build Back Better Act

SEP 13 | Medicare | Physician Reimbursement & Quality Improvement

APA Comments on the CMS Proposed Rule on the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program

SEP 10 | Parity | Federal Funding

APA Joins Effort Urging Senate Support of House Efforts to Enforce Mental Health Parity in Budget Reconciliation Bill

SEP 2 | Health Insurance Coverage & Access

APA Comments on No Surprise Act Regulations

SEP 1 | Workforce Development | Federal Funding

APA Joins Effort Urging Increased Medicare Support for GME in Budget Reconciliation Legislation

AUG 24 | Public Health | Minority Mental Health & Health Equity | Health Insurance Coverage & Access to Care

APA Calls Upon House Leadership to Act on Energy & Commerce Supported MH/SUD Bills

JUL 26 | Health Insurance Coverage & Access | Medicare | Workforce Development | Minority Mental Health & Health Equity

APA Joins Effort Urging Congressional Health Committee Leadership to Strengthen Access To Mental Health Care for Children and Adolescents

JUL 23 | Physician Reimbursement | Medicare

APA Joins Effort Urging Congress to Avert Medicare Reimbursement Cuts

JUL 22 | Health Insurance Coverage & Access | Minority Mental Health & Health Equity

APA Joins Effort Urging Senate HELP Committee Action on House Cleared Mental Health Bills

JUL 21 | Health Insurance Coverage & Access

APA Joins Coalition Thanking House and Senate Champions for Introduction of Parity Implementation Assistance Act