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Groups Say Congress Should Establish a Public Option as Part of the Solution

Washington — Patients need to have access to a wide variety of affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage options, said a coalition of major physician groups today in testimony submitted to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The groups, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Psychiatric Association, represent more than 560,000 physicians who care for patients in...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 14, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) extends its sympathy to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which is causing extensive flooding in metro Houston and is soon to make its way through Louisiana.

“We offer our sympathy to the people affected by Hurricane Harvey and, in some cases, those experiencing painful memories of previous hurricanes,” said APA President Anita Everett, M.D. “We don’t know the full extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey since it is still active. We do know the recovery process will be a long one, and we must be mindful that people who have been affected either directly or indirectly by this disaster may experience a number of reactions in the aftermath, including fear, anxiety and sadness. We implore anyone experiencing prolonged mental health symptoms to seek...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 29, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statement from CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., in response to the events that took place in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend:

“The American Psychiatric Association condemns all acts of violence, racism and intolerance to include those that took place in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. Our organization has long recognized that racism and racial discrimination adversely affect mental health and lead to disparities in mental health care. The APA strongly opposes all forms of racism and racial discrimination. We must work to eliminate racism and foster a respectful appreciation for multiculturalism and diversity, both in our professional encounters and in society at large. We offer our condolences to the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 16, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — Mental health courts are effective in reducing the number of adults with mental illness returning to the justice system, according to a new meta-analysis published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

People with mental illness are overrepresented in the U.S. criminal justice system. Mental health courts allow for diversion into community-based treatment, potentially reducing the high rates of repeat involvement with the criminal justice system. The number of mental health courts around the country has grown in the past two decades and there are now almost 350 in the U.S. according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These courts typically involve defendants voluntarily...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 15, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — President Trump announced plans today to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency, a designation that would offer states and federal agencies more resources and power to combat the epidemic. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.:

“The American Psychiatric Association will work with the administration and the states to help provide education, training and support to address the opioid crisis. Each year APA trains thousands of clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of those with opioid use disorders. Additionally, we are an active partner in the Providers’ Clinical Support System For Medication Assisted Treatment coalition funded by SAMHSA. This national initiative provides training and mentoring...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 14, 2017

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