Federal Affairs

In our nation’s capital, APA leaders and Department of Government Relations staff advise Congress, the White House, and federal agencies on issues facing the medical specialty of psychiatry, our patients, and their families. APA advocates for quality and accessible mental health care by facilitating communication between psychiatrists and their legislators. Additionally, APA’s Political Action Committee, APAPAC, works to elect Members to Congress who demonstrate support for psychiatry and mental health.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

Appropriations (Funding)

Coalition Efforts

Criminal Justice

Diversity & Health Equity

Health Care Reform

Mental Health Parity

Military and Veterans Affairs

Opioid Epidemic

Patient Safety

Physician Reimbursement, Practice and Training

Public Health

Research Promotion

Suicide Prevention


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Mental Health 2020: A Presidential Initiative for Mental Health

APA has developed mental health policy goals for each presidential candidate to consider when developing his or her platform.

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Congressional Advocate Resources

Congressional advocates can access additional resources to learn more about the issues.

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