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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) applauds today’s early morning passage of bipartisan budget legislation that will secure federal funding for two years. In response, the APA is issuing this statement from its CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.:

“We are pleased that today’s budget deal included $6 billion to fight opioid abuse, one of the most critical public health issues facing our nation today. The opioid crisis has taken a heavy toll on millions of families in American. We applaud Congress for approaching these issues in a bipartisan way. Our members stand ready to provide our expertise in treating this epidemic.

“In addition to funding for the opioid crisis, the APA is pleased that this bill extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) another four...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 9, 2018


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The American Psychiatric Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting features nationally recognized experts in psychiatry and mental health policy, research and clinical practice. The meeting will feature more than 550 sessions and specialized tracks, including addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, physician well-being and burnout, and more. It will also include a Mental Health Innovation Zone highlighting advances in mental health technology.”

WHO:

  • Elinore McCance-Katz,, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jan 31, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) applauds bipartisan congressional passage of legislation extending the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), protecting children's health coverage and providing access to needed health and mental health services for nearly nine million children and adolescents from low-income families.

As part of a short-term government funding bill, Congress has passed a measure extending funding for CHIP for six years, through Fiscal Year 2023. The bill also extends funding for the Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project and the Pediatric Quality Measures Program and extends specified outreach and enrollment grants.

"Early access to quality evidence-based mental health services and treatment is critical for children and adolescents facing mental health...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jan 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recent news accounts state that the Big Horn County (Mont.) Attorney has announced a "crackdown" policy on pregnant women who use drugs or alcohol. Under the reported policy, the attorney intends to issue restraining orders against pregnant women who are found to be using alcohol or drugs with the threat of jail time if they don't comply. This stated action runs counter to the policy of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which today issued the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.:

"Pregnant women who are abusing drugs or alcohol need treatment, not incarceration or punishment," Levin said. "The APA strongly believes that treating the expectant mother is best for the health of the mother and her expectant child. Putting a woman in jail who has a...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jan 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On behalf of the more than 560,000 physicians and medical students represented by the combined memberships of our organizations, we strongly urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to put patients first, and reconsider its support of state waiver requests that would prohibit qualified providers from participating in the Medicaid program.

Our organizations issued joint principles on this issue, which we shared with Acting HHS Secretary Hargan and CMS Administrator Verma in a December 8, 2017 letter. These principles urge CMS to "do no harm...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jan 30, 2018

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