Presented by American Psychiatric Association

The Mental Health Services Conference

Oct. 14-15, 2021  |  Online



The 2021 Mental Health Services Conference (formerly IPS) will be held virtually

In consideration of the continued spread of COVID-19, the American Psychiatric Association's Board of Trustees determined that it would be unwise to hold a large in-person meeting in 2021 during these public health crises since the APA would not be able to ensure the safety of those participating. In reaching this decision now, the Board weighed multiple factors, including the health and safety of our members and staff, uncertainty about the future course of the pandemic, the availability of an effective vaccine, and the timing of contract deadlines. The Board has voted to hold the Annual Meeting and the Mental Health Services meeting (formerly known as Institute for Psychiatric Services) virtually. Planning for the Mental Health Services Conference will begin early February of 2021. The Board and the APA Administration will work diligently to develop virtual meetings that will provide robust, meaningful experiences and high-quality educational programs for all participants while maintaining safety and public health.

Save the date for a meeting for all clinicians who treat those living with serious mental illness.

The American Psychiatric Association will launch a new event for all mental health clinicians involved in the care of those with serious mental illness (SMI), named The Mental Health Services Conference (formerly the Institute for Psychiatric Services – IPS), in the fall of 2021.

Community psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, peer specialists are changing the way people with SMI receive mental health care as part of interprofessional teams.

Attendees can expect to learn from national experts on topics like:

  • Best practices for interprofessional care in community settings
  • Impact of social determinants on health in the care of those with SMI
  • Implementation of evidence-based care for those with SMI

The Mental Health Services Conference (MHSC) is designed to foster a collaborative environment. This two-day conference features plenary sessions and breakout tracks, covering a broad spectrum to meet each member of the multidisciplinary team's specific needs. Featured tracks include SMI Program Development, Clinical Topics, and Administration.

The inaugural Mental Health Services Conference will be hosted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of our presenters, attendees, and staff.

Registration will open in spring 2021.

The Mental Health Services Conference was created at the direction of the APA Board of Trustees after a multi-year review of APA’s fall meeting. A Board of Trustee Workgroup solicited member and attendee feedback, reviewed data regarding educational goals, analyzed attendance of different target audiences, reviewed fiscal performance, and evaluated logistics in making their recommendations to the APA Board of Trustees. This conference demonstrates the Board of Trustees commitment to establishing an engaging and sustainable conference focused on serving the professional development needs of all clinicians who treat those living with serious mental illness in a community setting.