Federal News & Issues

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

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 28, 2022 – In light of the tornados that ripped through numerous Kentucky towns in December of 2021, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) recently donated $5,000 to three organizations in Kentucky that are providing aid in the aftermath of the disaster: Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, State Street Baptist Church and Kentucky Legal Aid. Additionally, the Foundation gave $1,000 to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to aid relief efforts for the tragic Bronx apartment fire in January.

“Disasters mean that, beyond the devastation and physical injury, peoples’ mental health is at risk,” said APAF Executive Director Rawle Andrews, Jr., Esq. “In these moments of tragedy and trauma, the APAF is pleased to give to the local organizations that are on the frontlines of...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 28, 2022

Washington, D.C., Feb. 24, 2022 — In light of this week’s news from Columbia University involving APA Past President (2013-14), Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Board of Trustees today issued this statement to the APA membership and the public:  

“In the aftermath of a racist and hurtful Twitter post by a past president of the APA from earlier this week, the APA Board of Trustees reiterates its position that both racism and sexism harm the APA as an...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 24, 2022

Washington, D.C. (February 23, 2022) – On behalf of the nearly 600,000 physicians and medical students that our organizations represent, we commend the passage of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (H.R. 1667), which will address the mental health needs of our nation’s doctors by investing in programs to protect their mental health and end the stigma medical professionals often face when seeking necessary treatment and support.

Our organizations strongly support legislation that invests in behavioral health care for physicians. The Lorna Breen Act is a milestone policy that, through vital grants to health care entities and long overdue investments in mental health resources, will help prevent incidences of suicide, substance use disorders, and other mental health conditions among physicians. In addition, the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 23, 2022

p>WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 16, 2022 – The American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) has been awarded a $379,200 grant from the Brave of Heart Fund to help address the well-being and burnout concerns of frontline healthcare workers. Over the next two years, the APAF’s Center on Workplace Mental Health will use the grant to convene experts for roundtables on key topics, leverage the power of storytelling through interviews with hospital leadership, call attention to the issue with the public and with healthcare system leaders, and develop resources on best practices to connect frontline healthcare workers with mental health care.

The Brave of Heart Fund, founded by the Foundations of New York Life and Cigna and administered by E4E Relief, was initially dedicated to providing financial support in the form...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 16, 2022



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