APA to Hold Postponed Webinar on the Nexus Between Federal and State Laws

Wed November 14, 2012

(Arlington, VA) - Each legislative session, advocates for psychiatry seek to influence the content of state and federal laws. Being able to craft meaningful state and federal laws requires knowing how existing state and federal laws interact with each other. Where a state law’s provisions conflict with, or contradict, a federal law, a federal law can preempt a state law, by way of the Constitution’s Federal Supremacy Clause, thus superseding part, or in some instances all, of the state law. In other instances, a federal law addressing the same issue as a state law may be less protective than the state law. State law can coexist with a federal law addressing the exact same topic, while being more expansive in its application than the federal law.

These are some of the legal principles behind a field of study often referred to as “Conflict of Laws.” Join the APA’s Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs, Julie A. Clements, J.D., M.P.P., legal counsel for The New York State Psychiatric Association, Seth P. Stein, JD and Rachel A. Fernbach, JD, and APA District Branch Executive Directors Beverly Dupuis of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society and Wilma Cooley of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association as they use state and federal mental health mandate and parity laws and federal guidance on essential health benefits to illustrate conflict of laws principles.

This webinar will take place from 1:00-2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, and it is open to all District Branch Executive Directors and APA members. A recording of this webinar will later be accessible through the APA’s website at www.psychiatry.org

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