Around the country, the American Psychiatric Association's department of government relations provides assistance to District Branch and State Societies/Associations on state legislative and regulatory topics. This includes tracking health care legislation; serving as a clearinghouse for best lobbying practices and model legislation; and providing on-site strategic assistance and grassroots training.
The APA Non-Physician Scope of Practice Information Center is available for APA members and District Branches/State Associations interested in strategies and resources needed to confront state legislative efforts by psychologists to gain prescribing privileges.
The Department of Government Relations has published the State Update Newsletter in the past. Past newsletters contain highlights of state legislation addressing mental health issues, state legislative races, the APA Department of Government Relations advocacy initiatives, and the work of APA’s District Branches/State Associations. Featured on page one in each issue, the “District Branch/State Association Spotlight” emphasizes pilot projects and activities organized by District Branches/State Associations. The spotlight also features the work of the State Affairs Outreach Program, which provides grassroots advocacy training to APA members and residents to teach them how to get involved in the legislative, regulatory, and political processes and how to lobby their representatives. We are currently revamping the State Update Newsletter to better fit the needs of our members.
For more information on how DGR can provide support for your District Branch or State Association, feel free to email Pamela Thorburn at email@example.com.
Improving Access to Mental Health Treatment
Access to care remains a top priority for the APA. In this section, view articles, legislation, and programs deticated to improving access to mental health treatment.