What's New at the APA

  • APA leadership recognized Juneteenth, which marks the day the end of Slavery was proclaimed by Union forces in Galveston, TX in 1865. APA President Vivian Pender, M.D. released a video message celebrating Juneteenth, while APA CEO & Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.H., FRCP-E authored a blog on Juneteenth and the importance of supporting mental health equity. Juneteenth was recently made a Federal holiday by the U.S. Government.

  • APA released a statement in support of the Affordable Care Act in the wake of the Supreme Court decision in California v. Texas. The Court's ruling kept the ACA intact, meaning millions of Americans will maintain their health coverage. You can read more about this case and the full statement here

  • APA released a statement opposing the AAPA's decision to change their professional title to Physician Associate. You can read the full statement here.

COMING SOON: Mental Health Services Conference, October 14-15, 2021
Sociopolitical Determinants: Practice, Policy and Implementation
https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/meetings/the-mental-health-services-conference

Key Dates and Observances

APA Communications staff maintains a calendar of key dates, observances and events at APA and in the world of mental health in general. The calendar is kept up to date a few months in advance. You can view the calendar and keep track of important mental health dates and observances here.

July Course of the Month – Seeing Through the Smoke:
Medicolegal Implications of Medical Marijuana

As the cultural sentiment towards cannabis shifts, psychiatrists are increasingly faced with questions regarding mental health and marijuana use. This course will present information about the laws governing the recommendation of marijuana, examine various medico-legal topics, and will help physicians feel better able to identify the potential consequences of making medical marijuana recommendations.

Click here to access the Course of the Month and sign up for updates about this free member benefit.

Free Webinar: Crisis Systems Transformation: Now Is the Time
Tuesday, July 13, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™

Behavioral health crises have reached epidemic proportion, with drug overdoses and suicides having overtaken traffic accidents as the two leading causes of death among young Americans ages 25-44.  Join the APA, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing for a free webinar focused on crisis transformation. We discuss988, the role of psychiatrists , and the transformation of the crisis system at the state level.

https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/meetings/crisis-systems-transformation-now-is-the-time

Enroll in Summer Courses

APA is offering 10 interactive, collaborative online courses this summer. This July, join "An Intensive Hands-on Skills Workshop in Providing Asylum Evaluations to Immigrants Fleeing Torture and Persecution" or "Evaluation and Treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions." Earn up to 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ accredited activities during each two-week course.

https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/meetings/annual-meeting/learning-opportunities/course