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About the Conference

The Mental Health Services Conference began in 1949 as the Hospital & Community Psychiatry Institute to provide an intimate, interdisciplinary forum for all mental health service providers to network, collaborate, learn from each other, and take away practical solutions to real-world issues. This year, the conference is getting back to its roots as a collaborative setting for attendees to share their experiences and engage in team-based care discussions with colleagues across disciplines. Presented in collaboration with the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, the 2024 Mental Health Services Conference will bring psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians together to connect and collaborate to find practical advice to influence systems-level change on behalf of their patients. This multidisciplinary event will empower all mental health service providers with practical tools and innovations to shape the future of community collaboration.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this conference, the learner will be able to:

  • Integrate new research and treatment strategies into clinical practice
  • Recognize and improve mental health disparities in the community
  • Provide culturally competent care for diverse populations
  • Apply new innovations into a variety of treatments to improve patient care
  • Assess and update skills in community psychiatry treatment
  • Incorporate knowledge of current psychiatry into discussions with patients
  • Identify barriers to care, including health service delivery issues
  • Identify strategies to build a collaborative interprofessional mental health care team

Target Audience

The Mental Health Services Conference is designed for anyone delivering mental health services - particularly those serving on a multidisciplinary mental health team: 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.


In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Learn more about continuing education credits offered at this conference here.

Scientific Program Committee

The Scientific Program Committee, overseen by APA's Office of Scientific Program within the Division of Education, evaluates abstract submissions for the Mental Health Services Conference and curates the scientific program. Representing psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, including psychologists, nurses, and social workers, the committee is instrumental in recommending and assembling key invited speakers, as well as new offerings, to produce the conference's high-caliber educational content. View the members of the 2024 Scientific Program Committee here.

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