Federal News & Issues

Washington, D.C., Mar. 4, 2022 — Today, 72 organizations asked the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to permanently waive the requirement that patients receive an in-person evaluation prior to being prescribed controlled substances via telemedicine. The organizations, convened by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Telemedicine Association, and ATA Action submitted the letter to the DEA as it is currently developing the Special Registration process for the use of telemedicine to prescribe controlled substances under the Ryan Haight Act.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the DEA used its authority to waive this...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 4, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2022 – The March issues of two of the American Psychiatric Association journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services are available online.

The March issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry, the most widely read psychiatric journal in the world, focuses on the genomics of psychopathology, addressing questions related to how genetic variation, and the expression patterns of relevant genes, can lead to a better understanding of the etiology and pathophysiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism spectrum disorder, psychosis and suicide, including:

  • Genes To Mental Health (G2MH): A Framework to Map the...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 3, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 2, 2022 – Today, the American Psychiatric Association CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., and Chair of APA Committee on the Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster Joshua Morganstein, M.D., offered the following APA statement and resources in response to the War in Ukraine:

“The war in Ukraine will have adverse mental health effects on individuals and communities around the world. The American Psychiatric Association sends our support to all who are experiencing pain and suffering from these deeply troubling events, including those directly exposed to armed conflict, those displaced from their homes and country, those providing care and protection to civilians, friends and family of Ukrainian citizens, and the Ukrainian diaspora around the globe.


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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 2, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2022 – At tonight’s State of the Union speech, President Biden unveiled a new “Strategy to Address Our Mental Health Crisis.” The American Psychiatric Association (APA) applauds the Biden Administration's efforts to elevate national attention to this important societal imperative and to put policies in place that will ensure millions of Americans have access to the care they need.

“To see the mental health crisis elevated to this level by the President is truly an encouraging sign,” said APA President Vivian Pender, M.D. “The mental...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 2, 2022

Washington, D.C. February 28, 2022 – Our organizations, representing nearly 600,000 physicians and medical students, strongly oppose efforts, in Texas or anywhere else, to criminalize gender-affirming care. We will continue to speak out against any actions that threaten the health and safety of transgender and gender-diverse individuals.

As physicians our job is to support the health and well-being of our patients. Recent legal opinions and executive and legislative efforts targeting young people and aimed at curtailing the provision of appropriate medical care undermine our ability to do so. The trusted relationship between a physician and their patient should never be jeopardized by the actions of policymakers, and a physician should not be criminalized or penalized for providing care. Furthermore, the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 1, 2022



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