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ARLINGTON, Va. — Late last night, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee passed HR 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015, by an 18-12 vote. The Act, introduced by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), will now move on to the full Committee for consideration. The bill has 161 other co-sponsors from both parties. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has joined with many leading mental health organizations to urge Congress to pass bipartisan legislation reforming the mental health system. APA has endorsed both HR 2646 and similar legislation introduced in the Senate.

APA President Renée Binder, M.D., issued a statement today in response to last night’s subcommittee vote:

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 5, 2015

Arlington, Va. – A new treatment program for young patients in their first episode of psychosis called NAVIGATE has reported significant advantages in symptom ratings, participation in school or work and quality of life. The effects are especially pronounced for patients whose illness had lasted less than 74 weeks prior to first treatment.

NAVIGATE has four components: personalized medication management, family psychoeducation, resilience-focused individual therapy, and supported education and employment. This team-based, multicomponent treatment program is designed to be implemented in routine mental health treatment settings and was shown to be superior to standard treatment.

The study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the report was released online today in The American...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Oct 20, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association today will recognize four outstanding mental health programs with Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards at the 2015 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference. The top award winners are the Missouri Community Mental Health Center Health Home Program and the Sexual Behaviours Clinic in Ottawa, Canada.

The awards recognize innovative programs offering services to people with mental illnesses or disabilities that can...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Oct 6, 2015


Collaborative network will join federal government and other partners in supporting large-scale health care transformation among clinician practices

Arlington, Va., – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. APA will receive up to $2.9 million over four years to train a network of practicing psychiatrists throughout the United States in the clinical and leadership skills needed to support primary care practices that are implementing integrated behavioral health programs.

“Supporting doctors and other health care professionals change the way they work is critical to improving quality and...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 29, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., regarding bipartisan comprehensive mental health reform legislation introduced today by U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D., (R-La.).

The nation’s mental health system needs reform and investment, and we applaud Senators Murphy and Cassidy for this comprehensive reform initiative,” Levin said. “We will work with legislators on both sides of the aisle to accomplish mental health reform.”

Levin pointed out that the APA is pleased to see many of the important provisions in the bill previously introduced in the House by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the Helping...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 15, 2015

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