Federal News & Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5, 2022 – According to the latest Healthy Minds Monthly* poll from the American Psychiatric Association (APA), 58% of adults believe climate change is already impacting the health of Americans and nearly half (48%) agree that it’s impacting the mental health of Americans. Half of adults (51%) are anxious about climate change’s impact on future generations.

Among the 2,210 adults in a nationally representative sample polled by Morning Consult between March 19-21, 2022, more were worried about the impact of climate change on the planet (55%) than on their mental health (39%). They were split on how news about climate change affected their mood, with 42% saying it affected them some or a lot, and 43% not much or not at all.

“When you read about an ice shelf the size of the island of...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 5, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4, 2022 – The April issues of two of the American Psychiatric Association’s journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services are available online. Also available is the latest issue of The American Journal of Psychotherapy.

The American Journal of Psychiatry is the most widely read psychiatric journal in the world. The April issue features research that illustrates the fundamental importance of integrating clinical and basic approaches in the pursuit of a deeper understanding of psychiatric disorders. Among the highlights:

  • 20-Year...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 4, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23, 2022 – Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court reversed the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California’s February 2019 decision in Wit v. United Behavioral Health. The American Psychiatric Association released this statement:

“In February 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California decided that United Behavioral Health (UBH) violated its fiduciary duty to mental health beneficiaries by making coverage decisions according to its own guidelines and influenced by financial interests, rather than according to the accepted standards in the industry.

We are extremely disappointed in the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, particularly as the nation faces a mental health and substance use disorder crisis in the aftermath of COVID-19. As access to mental health and...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 23, 2022

Washington, D.C. March 22, 2022 – As America’s leading physician groups, representing over 400,000 physicians and medical students, we strongly oppose any laws and regulations that interfere with the confidential, trusting relationship between a patient and their physician. We are firmly against any policies that unnecessarily regulate the evidence-based practice of medicine, threaten the patient-physician relationship, and inhibit the delivery of safe, timely, and comprehensive care. This includes reproductive health services and information.

Legislation passed in Idaho earlier this week bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy – before most people even know they are pregnant – and allows family members, including those unrelated to the pregnant person, to sue physicians and other health care professionals...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 22, 2022

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 18, 2022



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