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APA Hosts First-Ever American Psychiatric Excellence (APEX) Awards Featuring “Orange Is the New Black”


The American Psychiatric Association and the APA Foundation will host an orange-tie event featuring the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” (OITNB). The first-ever American Psychiatric Excellence (APEX) Awards celebrate 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. Natasha Lyonne, Matt McGorry and Dascha Polanco from OITNB will join us for a conversation about how the show has opened a window into...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 11, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. – Today the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) jointly released a report that reviews the current scientific evidence for integrated care, specifically the Collaborative Care Model, and provides recommendations for advancing use of the model.

Integrated care refers to programs in which mental health care is delivered in primary care settings. Collaborative Care is a specific type of integrated care involving a multidisciplinary team, led by a primary care provider, providing scientifically proven treatments and focusing on patient outcomes. Significant research over the past three decades has proven the Collaborative Care Model to be effective.

“The evidence is clear that integrated care, and the Collaborative Care model in particular, can...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 8, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) sent a letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal today, urging him to veto House Bill 757.

The letter states that:

“APA has long opposed discrimination against individuals in the LGBTQ community, whether that discrimination occurs in accessing health care services, education, employment, government services, housing, military service or spousal rights. All...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 24, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. – Providing expedited access to Medicaid to people with serious mental illness as they are released from prison increases their use of mental health and general medical services, but does not reduce criminal recidivism, according to new research published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

People with serious mental illness depend on public-sector mental health services and are covered primarily by Medicaid. Most states suspend or terminate Medicaid for prison inmates. At any given point, an estimated 250,000 people with severe mental illness are in prisons and more than a million on probation or parole in the U.S. Many have difficulty accessing mental health services and other services when they leave...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 15, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. Feb. 10, 2016 — The membership of the American Psychiatric Association has chosen Anita Everett, M.D., as its next president-elect. The results were made public today, but are not official until the APA Board of Directors confirms the election at its March meeting.

Everett is currently division director of Johns Hopkins Community and General Psychiatry, Bayview Campus, and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She is also president of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists.

Everett has held numerous leadership roles at APA, including trustee-at-large on the APA Board of Trustees; chair of the APA Task Force on Healthcare Reform 2015; chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 10, 2016



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