Federal News & Issues

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

ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Psychiatric Association Foundation has announced the retirement of Foundation Executive Director Paul Burke this summer. Burke has been with the APA Foundation, the philanthropic and public educational arm of the APA, since 2007 and will retire July 1, 2016.

Under Burke’s leadership the Foundation has advanced public understanding of mental illness through a combination of educational programs, grants, awards and numerous partnerships. Foundation initiatives have included programs in military mental health, depression education, workplace mental health, and the Typical or Troubled? school-based mental health educational program. Burke is currently helping lead a major collaborative effort to help end the criminalization of people with mental illness, which will culminate in a national...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 3, 2016


The American Psychiatric Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting features nationally recognized experts in psychiatry and mental health policy, research and clinical practice presenting in hundreds of sessions and new research posters. Special sessions will feature Atul Gawande, M.D., surgeon and best-selling author with a bold vision for changes and improvements in health care, and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Psychiatry: Claiming our Future.”


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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jan 28, 2016



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