Federal News & Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 22, 2021 – More Americans than ever are placing bets on sports online, according to many recent reports. The vast majority of people who gamble are able to do so without any long-lasting problems, but research has shown that up to 1 percent of the population currently has a gambling disorder. Gambling disorder involves repeated, problem gambling. Despite significant personal and familial problems caused by the individual’s behavior, those with gambling disorder struggle to control their gambling.

In the midst of the widespread adoption of online gambling, APA Publishing has released the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 22, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 19, 2021 – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Build Back Better Act, which, among its $2 trillion in spending, includes significant needed investments in mental health and substance use disorder care. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) applauds the House for including these provisions in the Act and urges the Senate to ensure they are retained in the final reconciliation package.

Among the many health care provisions APA supports are those expanding:

    • Mental Health Parity: The 2008 federal parity law requires that insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) services be no more restrictive than coverage for other medical care. Full compliance with this law has yet to be achieved but is essential given the...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 19, 2021

Washington, D.C., Nov. 18, 2021 — One in 25 adult Americans has a serious mental illness (SMI) in a given year, but people in rural areas are more likely to experience it, and they face unique barriers to receiving treatment. A recent report from SMI Adviser explores three obstacles to connecting rural and remote populations with mental health care—availability, accessibility and acceptability—and offers solutions developed by clinicians, administrators, and staff in those geographic areas.

The report, “...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 18, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 17, 2021 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported that between April 2020 and April 2021, U.S. deaths from overdoses topped 100,000. This grim milestone constitutes a record, and overall, these deaths are up 29 percent from the prior year.

Today, the American Psychiatric Association reiterates that effective treatments for substance use disorder are available, and renews its calls for:

  • Improved access to mental health and substance use services through early identification in evidence-based models that integrate behavioral health treatment into primary care services.
  • The development and...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 17, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 9, 2021 – As we stop this week to honor the sacrifice of our nation’s more than 17 million military veterans, the American Psychiatric Association will host a Veterans Mental Health Twitter Chat where participants can learn more about the impact of numerous serious mental health issues facing this population.

What: The Veterans Mental Health Twitter Chat will focus on serious mental health issues among this community and cover topics such as suicide, PTSD, misconceptions around mental health, addiction, and resources available to veterans and their families.

When: Nov. 10, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern.

Where: Follow and participate on Twitter, using hashtag #VetsMentalHealthChat. (A Twitter chat offers...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 9, 2021



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