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ARLINGTON, Va. – President-Elect of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Anita Everett, M.D., has been named the Chief Medical Officer at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In her role at SAMHSA, Everett will lead a newly created Office of the Chief Medical Officer with five dedicated staff, including an additional physician. She begins her duties at SAMHSA on Sept. 5.

“SAMHSA has selected a great physician whose experience and expertise as a psychiatrist will add value to SAMHSA through its newly created medical office,” said APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D. “Her experience will also benefit providers of prevention, treatment and recovery services for those with mental illness. We look forward to working with Dr. Everett in her new role and with SAMHSA and HHS.”...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 27, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. – Today the American Psychiatric Association issued the following statement from its president, Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., following passage of bipartisan mental health reform legislation, H.R. 2646, Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act in the House Energy and Commerce Committee:

“We commend the House Energy and Commerce Committee for passage of H.R. 2646,” said APA President Maria A Oquendo, M.D. “Today’s vote is a major step in the long journey to reform our nation’s broken mental health system. We now urge the full House to take up and pass this bipartisan legislation. The nation’s mental health system needs reform—too many people with mental illness, including substance use disorders, are not getting the care they need. The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act is critical to...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 16, 2016

CHICAGO — Patrice Harris, M.D., a psychiatrist and past member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Board of Trustees, has assumed the office of Chair of the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees with the conclusion of the AMA annual meeting.

patrice-harris-md Patrice Harris, M.D.
Chair of the AMA Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is an elected body of 21 physicians who guide the AMA as it sets standards and policy for the medical profession. Harris was elected Chair-elect in June 2015 and has served on the AMA Board since 2011.

APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 16, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. – Today, on the eve of a critical vote, the American Psychiatric Association encourages members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to pass the bipartisan mental health reform legislation. The committee is scheduled to consider the landmark legislation, H.R. 2646, Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, on Wednesday, June 15.

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act was introduced by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) in June 2015 and now has 191 cosponsors. The House Subcommittee on Health passed the legislation last November.

“This legislation will bring much-needed improvements to the nation’s mental health system – and better access to quality care for people with mental illness, including substance use disorders,” said APA President...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 15, 2016

The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Psychiatric Association offer our sincere condolences to the victims of the Orlando shootings, their families, and the Orlando community.

These unspeakable acts highlight gun violence as a grim and increasing public health epidemic that kills approximately 91 Americans every day. THIS MUST STOP.

Our organizations and many others have called on Congress to...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 15, 2016

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