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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2020 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statements to mark the end of Dr. Patrice Harris’ one-year tenure as president of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest medical society with roughly 250,000 members. Dr. Harris is a Fellow of the APA and is a practicing psychiatrist, trained in child/adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.

“We applaud Dr. Harris for the completion of a successful year as the leader of the AMA ,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “She served during a trying time in medicine as the COVID-19 pandemic began to arrive on our shores. She led the AMA as it pushed for resources for doctors on the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 8, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 4, 2020 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued guidance on the admittance and release of psychiatric patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance is in response to efforts to either deny admittance to or prematurely release psychiatric patients under the guise of avoiding COVID-19 infection.

“It is simply irresponsible to prematurely release patients with serious mental illness from psychiatric inpatient settings into communities ill-prepared to treat them,” said APA President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H. “Every patient should be in an environment where they receive treatment, care and supervision appropriate to their needs. Inpatient psychiatric units and hospitals are not hotbeds of COVID-19 infection, and in many instances are the safest alternative in the community.”

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 4, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 4, 2020 – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and community services and health systems are increasingly strained, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) announced that its recently launched COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund will support two efforts to help health care workers: CopeNYP and Frontline Foods. The Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

The APAF will match donations up to a total of $25,000 for this effort. To give, visit the Foundation’s Disaster Relief Donation Page: https://apafdn.org/covidrelief

“These efforts will help address the essential needs and mental health care of our health care workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Saul Levin, M.D., M.P....

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 4, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a joint statement, emergency medicine and other leading medical associations, academics and psychiatry experts outline steps to support the mental health of emergency physicians and other health professionals currently risking their lives to treat patients during this pandemic.

As important as providing personal protective equipment is the need to ensure the mental health of our frontline clinicians is attended to during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said American Psychiatric Association (APA) President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H. “Each health care professional should seek help if needed without hesitation, and should be helped to do so by a colleague if such...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 2, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 1, 2020 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statements in response to demonstrations across the nation in response to police brutality and the institutional racism that is being brought to the forefront.

“The unrest playing out in cities across America is a reaction to the racism that has scarred this country for centuries and never been properly addressed,” said APA President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H. “The demonstrations are a result of racism against Black people that has gone unchecked—and at times has been fostered by leaders of this country. APA will not stand for racism against Black Americans.

“The horrific death of George Floyd has affected the mental well-being of everyone who has witnessed this senseless tragedy. When Americans are already...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 1, 2020

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