About the Conference


The Mental Health Services Conference highlights educational programs and innovations in clinical services designed to ensure equal access to high-quality mental health care for all people regardless of race/ethnicity, age, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or geographical background.

This two-day conference will feature plenary sessions and breakout tracks with each day focusing on broad themes that will educate psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians and advocates on the sociopolitical determinants of mental health.

The 2021 Scientific Program Committee

The Scientific Program Committee evaluates abstracts and curates the scientific program. The committee is also instrumental in recommending and assembling key invited speakers, as well as new offerings, to produce the meeting's high-caliber educational content.

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About the 2021 Theme

Sociopolitical Determinants: Practice, Policy and Implementation

Social determinants of mental health and health equity must be addressed at multiple levels, including practice settings, educational activities, and organizations and institutions.

Attendees will discover model programs, approaches, and schemas to aid with addressing sociopolitical issues,. while at the same time strategize on additional ways to increase access to high-quality mental health care to all patients—especially individuals who are members of marginalized groups.

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

  • Impact of social determinants of health in the care of those with serious mental illness
  • How a system of care can influence the use of the social determinants of mental health to improve diagnosis and treatment planning
  • The policy landscape and opportunities encouraging evidence-based medicine and the role it plays in addressing care equity

Educational Objectives

  • Integrate new research and treatment strategies into clinical practice;
  • Identify and improve mental health disparities in the community;
  • Provide culturally competent care for diverse populations;
  • Recognize how to bring new innovations into a variety of treatments to improve patient care;
  • Advance and update skills in community psychiatry treatment;
  • Integrate knowledge of current psychiatry into discussions with patients; and
  • Identify barriers to care, including health service delivery issues.

Target Audience

The Mental Health Services Conference is designed for psychiatrists, primary care and other physicians, medical students and residents, nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, addiction counselors, social workers, medical educators, administrators and policymakers, public health researchers, consumers, and family members.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

How to Earn Credits

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned.

Financial Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity—including faculty, planners, reviewers or others—are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

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2021 Meeting Theme

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