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ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the APA Foundation honored federal lawmakers, a journalist and a mental health activist Friday at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., during the second annual American Psychiatric Excellent (APEX) awards. Roughly 240 people attended the awards luncheon.

The APEX awards celebrated those who have demonstrated the highest levels of mental health advocacy, working to improve mental health care and support all those affected by mental health and substance use disorders.

The APEX Award recipients included:

  • U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), co-sponsored the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, which was enacted in 2016 and requires Health and Human Services to report on...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 3, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — In the wake of today’s release of the final report by the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Abuse and the Opioid Crisis, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.:

“The APA welcomes the final report because it helps bring much-needed attention to this crisis. We are still reviewing the report’s contents for a full evaluation, but we stand ready to work with the administration, Congress and the states to help provide education, funding, training and support to address the opioid crisis. Our organization trains thousands of clinicians each year in the diagnosis and treatment of those with opioid use disorders. Additionally, we are an active partner in the Providers’ Clinical Support System for...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 2, 2017

Washington, D.C. — Our organizations, which represent more than 560,000 physicians and medical students nationwide, are alarmed by the President’s decision to abruptly take away financial support that aids low-income families in purchasing health care coverage. The decision to discontinue cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments stands to hurt the most vulnerable individuals and families, raising cost for them and the federal government.

This decision is not consistent with the Administration’s pledge to provide individuals and families with more options to secure affordable health care coverage. Elimination of CSR payments makes that goal harder, if not impossible, to achieve.

Our organizations call on the United State Senate and House of Representatives to take immediate action to restore these payments. A...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Oct 13, 2017

Our organizations, which represent more than 560,000 physicians and medical students nationwide, look forward to further analyzing the Executive Order issued today by President Donald J. Trump. It is important that policies proposed be thoroughly evaluated to determine their impact on individuals and our health care system more broadly. We look forward to submitting more formal comments through the rulemaking process as the Administration seeks to establish the regulatory framework to implement the goals of today’s Executive Order. However, our initial review raises serious concerns about its impact on our patients.

Our organizations share the President’s goal of increasing access to affordable health care coverage for more Americans and offering greater choice through a more competitive insurance marketplace so long as...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Oct 12, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today released the following statement regarding The Goldwater Rule:

“In the past year and a half, there have been numerous news articles and commentaries on The Goldwater Rule. The Goldwater Rule is an ethics principle that guides our physician members not to provide professional opinions in the media about the mental health of someone they have not personally examined and without patient consent or other legal authority. A personal examination includes ruling out physical causes of or other reasons for a behavior. Nothing about the Goldwater Rule discourages psychiatrists from providing education to the public about mental illnesses; in fact, APA encourages psychiatrists to educate the public about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of mental illnesses...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Oct 6, 2017



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