Federal News & Issues

Wed July 29, 2015

American Psychiatric Association:
Erin Connors, 703-907-8562
econnors@psych.org

American Medical Association:
Stephanie S. Johnson, 312-464-5921
Stephanie.Johnson@ama-assn.org

Task force engages physicians to curb opioid abuse epidemic

ARLINGTON, VA., July 29, 2015 — Opioid abuse is a serious public health problem that has reached crisis levels across the United States, with 44 people dying each day from overdose of opioids, and many more becoming addicted. Recognizing the urgency and serious impact of this issue on the health of hundreds of thousands of patients across the country, today the American Psychiatric Association (APA) announced that it has joined the American...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 29, 2015

Thu July 16, 2015

63,000 SQUARE FEET ON 10-YEAR TERM
Mayor Bowser Applauds Move to District in 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 16, 2015) – Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, the master developer of the world-class mixed-use waterfront community The Wharf, today announced the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the world’s largest psychiatric organization, will occupy 63,000 square feet of Class A office space at 800 Maine Avenue. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser made the announcement at today’s “bottoming out” event at The Wharf. The APA, currently at 1000 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Va., signed a 10-year lease and is expected to take occupancy between November 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018. The APA was originally headquartered in DC, prior to their move to Virginia.

The American Psychiatric Association is the world’s largest psychiatric organization and...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 16, 2015

Wed July 01, 2015

For Information Contact:
Glenn O'Neal, 703-907-8640
press@psych.org
Erin Connors, 703-907-8562
econnors@psych.org

ARLINGTON, Va., July 1, 2015 — Several new specialty care programs are improving the mental health of people with schizophrenia through comprehensive and aggressive treatment in the earliest stages of illness. These efforts are described in a special section in the July issue of Psychiatric Services.

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness affecting roughly 1 percent of people at some point in their lives. The U.S. has lagged behind other counties in developing early intervention treatment programs for people with schizophrenia.

“Now...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 1, 2015

Tue June 30, 2015

For Information Contact:
Glenn O'Neal, 703-907-8640
press@psych.org
Erin Connors, 703-907-8562
econnors@psych.org

ARLINGTON, Va., June  30, 2015 — The American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) has produced two new resources to help faith leaders better understand mental illness and treatment, and better help individuals and families in their congregations facing mental health challenges. APA now offers a 20-page booklet, “Mental Health: a Guide for Faith Leaders,” and a companion two-page “Quick Reference on Mental Health for Faith Leaders.”...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 1, 2015

Fri June 26, 2015

For Information Contact:
Glenn O'Neal, 703-907-8640
press@psych.org
Erin Connors, 703-907-8562
econnors@psych.org

ARLINGTON, Va., June 26, 2015 — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) applauds today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that supports the right of same-sex couples across the nation to marry.

“Today’s ruling strikes a blow to inequality and discrimination throughout the nation, and that’s good for Americans’ mental health,” said APA President Renée Binder, M.D. “The APA has a long history of supporting the rights of same-sex couples, and we have long noted that there is no scientific or medical reason to deny these couples the right to marry. This decision is a landmark step in ensuring equality and happiness for...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 26, 2015

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