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New name, same mission, better workplace mental health resources

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association Foundation announced today the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health is now the Center for Workplace Mental Health. With this change, the Center is also introducing a new website, www.workplacementalhealth.org.

The Center for Workplace Mental Health helps employers create a more supportive workplace for their employees and advance mental health at their organizations.

Through its connection to the field of psychiatry, as an initiative of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, the Center provides resources, including:

  • research that shows the value...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 14, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) congratulates Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., on her confirmation as the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in the Department of Health and Human Services. The APA strongly supported her nomination.

“Dr. McCance-Katz is an accomplished physician and the ideal person to guide our nation’s treatment of mental health and substance use disorders,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “We are delighted that the Senate confirmed her today as Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. We look forward to working with her to provide quality mental health care to everyone who needs it.”

McCance-Katz, an APA member psychiatrist, is currently the chief medical officer for the Rhode Island...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 3, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., was confirmed today by the Senate as the next United States surgeon general. In this key role as the “nation’s doctor,” Adams will provide the public with the best available scientific information about how to improve their health and prevent illness or injury. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.:

“We are pleased that the Senate acted swiftly to confirm Dr. Jerome Adams as the United States surgeon general. Dr. Adams has worked throughout his career to improve public health. His expertise in combatting opioid addiction is particularly needed as physicians and elected officials work together to reduce the toll of this epidemic. On behalf of our 37,000 members, I congratulate...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 3, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — Today the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will hold a confirmation hearing for five nominees, including Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., and Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. The American Psychiatric Association has endorsed both nominees, and urges the Senate to move forward with their confirmations.

McCance-Katz was nominated for the role of Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, a new position created by the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act. She is currently the chief medical officer for the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals. McCance-Katz, a member of the APA, is also a professor of psychiatry and human behavior and professor of behavioral and social sciences at the Alpert Medical School at...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 2, 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 Senate voting down a bill that would have partially repealed the Affordable Care Act:

“With today’s vote, psychiatrists and other health providers can thank the Senate that our patients will not lose access to health care. The American Psychiatric Association has repeatedly reached out to members of Congress to express our concerns that proposed bills in the House and Senate would take away treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, as well as reduce the number of people with health insurance.

“There are challenges with our current health care system that Congress can and must address to improve the system overall. We need...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 28, 2017

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