2019 Federal Advocacy Conference

A unique opportunity for psychiatrists to lobby members of Congress in our nation's capital on the issues that affect mental health care.
  • March 11 - 12, 2019
  • Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
  • Space is limited.

Learn first-hand the legislative agenda for the first session of the 116th Congress. Gain insights from key Hill insiders on the inner workings of Congress and the legislative process and hands-on advocacy training —all directed at helping you get the most out of your face-to-face meetings with your federal legislators and their staff. View the schedule-of-events, frequesntly asked questions and more information, and conference resources below.


Monday, March 11, 2019
Noon – 5:00 p.m. Registration/ Appointment Pick-up Check in and receive your congressional appointments and briefing materials.
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Welcome
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions An in-depth dive into APA's legislative priorities to be discussed on the Hill and an opportunity to prepare for your meetings through advocacy training.
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Break
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner Briefing Get an insider's perspective on the 2019 political landscape from APA’s staff and member experts and prepare for your meetings with Congress.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 a.m. Question and Answer Breakfast Feel prepared going to the Hill and get your last-minute questions answered during a panel discussion on APA's legislative priorities.
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Congressional Appointments Meet with Federal lawmakers and discuss the issues impacting psychiatry and your patients.
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Group photo in front of the U.S. Capitol
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Bringing Advocacy Back to your State Tie the advocacy skills you have gained on the federal level to state-level issues, and learn about APA's state-level victories and challenges in 2019.
5:15 – 5:45 p.m. Hill Meetings Debrief Session Share your memorable experiences and takeaways from meetings, and consider ways to take your relationships home and utilize your advocacy skills throughout the year with your congressional district offices.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. APAPAC Reception Join APAPAC and toast all your hard work at Capitol Hill's Sonoma Wine Bar. Note: To attend, you must have already contributed $250 to APAPAC in 2019 or the cost of attendance is: $100 General members, $50 ECPs or $25 RFMs. View the formal invitation here.

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Instructions for accessing Advocacy Training: Promoting Mental Health to Policymakers:

    1. Go to apapsy.ch/advocacy
    2. Click "Access Activity"
    3. Login to your existing APA account or create a new account if you don't already have one
    4. Review the Activity Overview and CE Information sections
    5. Enter "ADV0219" into the Group ID box on the Purchase section to unlock the activity
    6. Select your certificate type and confirm your choice via the pop-up window (Note: You may need to disable pop-up blockers)
    7. Complete the Evaluation section
    8. Select and Save the number of credits on the Certificate section and generate your certificate using the button provided
    9. Send questions, comments, or feedback regarding the online course to kdougherty@psych.org


Questions? Contact APA's Department of Government Relations at advocacy@psych.org.


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