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ARLINGTON, Va. — A cost analysis of states’ decisions to opt out of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act shows these states will receive less revenue and have a reduced capacity to serve people with mental illness. If all 50 states expanded Medicaid by 2020, an additional 70,500 behavioral health services would be provided that year. The study is published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

The study focused on community health centers, a key source of medical and behavioral health services in underserved communities because they serve all patients regardless of the ability to pay. Health centers are not required to provide behavioral health services, making these services vulnerable to cuts if there is not enough...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 15, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the following statement from APA President Renée Binder, M.D., in response to today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in N.Y. State Psychiatric Ass’n v. UnitedHealth Grp. The New York State Psychiatric Association (NYSPA) is the APA’s chapter in the Empire State.

Today’s decision gives professional organizations, such as APA and NYSPA, the right, on behalf of its members and their patients, to sue for mental health parity violations, which is important because patients are often unable to speak out for themselves. This ruling gives us hope that the Mental Health Parity Act of 2008 will now be enforced."

The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 15, 2015

Tue August 04, 2015

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

ARLINGTON, Va. Aug. 4, 2015 – 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...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 4, 2015

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

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