Federal News & Issues

ARLINGTON, Va. – Today the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released new evidence-based recommendations on the use of antipsychotics to treat agitation or psychosis in patients with dementia. The guidelines include recommendations for assessment of psychological and behavioral symptoms of dementia, development of a comprehensive treatment plan, assessment of the benefits and risks of antipsychotics, and judicious use of antipsychotics, including specifics for dosing, duration and monitoring.

The population of elderly patients, including those with dementia, is growing and an overwhelming majority of older adults with dementia will develop psychosis or agitation during their illness. Treatment of these symptoms has often involved use of antipsychotic medications. However, in recent years, evidence from...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 1, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. – Men who are heavy marijuana users at ages 18 and 19 are 40 percent more likely to die by age 60 than men reporting no history of marijuana use, according to a study out today in AJP in Advance.

A previous study of the same population showed no association between marijuana use and risk of death. However, with the 40-year time frame of the current study, the men had reached ages at which the health-related, harmful effects of marijuana use (e.g., cancer, pulmonary disease and coronary heart disease) were more likely to be seen.

Edison Manrique-Garcia, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm examined the records of more than 45,000 Swedish men entering compulsory military training in 1969–1970 and identified deaths between training entry and 2011.

About 4,...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 23, 2016

April 20, 2016 – The nation’s leading mental health professional organizations are expressing dismay over the spate of recent bills and laws that would allow for individuals and businesses to deny services, employment and housing to LGBT people under the guise of religious freedom. Other states are proposing and enacting laws that would require transgender people to use public restrooms based on their sex assigned at birth. Also of serious concern is a bill recently passed by the Tennessee General Assembly that would allow mental health professionals to deny services to LGBT people based on a counselor’s religious beliefs.

These bills and laws run counter to the adopted policies of our organizations, which essentially state that we do not condone discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 20, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the APA Foundation honored the critically acclaimed Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" (OITNB) Monday night at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. More than 400 people attended the orange-tie event.

The first-ever American Psychiatric Excellence (APEX) Awards celebrated those who have demonstrated the highest levels of mental health advocacy and who are working to reduce the number of Americans with mental illness in our prisons and jails. During the event, stars...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 18, 2016

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Join us to learn about the Collaborative Care Model, how and where it is being implemented across the country, and what policies could support further adoption. Over the past decade, the integration of behavioral health and general medical services has been shown to improve patient access, outcomes, and reduce stigma related to mental health.

More than 80 randomized control trials have identified one model in particular – the Collaborative Care Model – as being effective and efficient in improving patients’ health. Collaborative Care is an evidence-based, multi-disciplinary, team approach to care. Greater federal support is needed to enhance access to effective Collaborative Care.

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 12, 2016



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