2003 Public Interest Advocacy
Statement on Affirmative Action at Congressional Briefing
APA places high priority on efforts to increase the numbers of racial and ethnic minorities among our nation's health care providers and to provide culturally competent health care services to our communities of color.
APA Contributes to Federal Action Agenda to Implement Recommendations of President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health
Recommendations with the most promise are improving access and accountability for mental health services, expanding the workforce providing evidence-based care and screening for mental disorders in primary health care, across the life span and connected to treatment and supports.
Legislative Summary: The Keeping Families Together Act H.R. 3243/S. 1704 — Rep. Jim Ramstad, Sen. Susan Collins
The act would provide grants to keeping children in their families, establish a task force to examine mental health issues in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems; and include children and adolescents in residential treatment facilities for Medicaid home or community-based services waivers.
Reauthorization of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
In order for welfare reform efforts to be successful, critically needed mental health and substance abuse services must be readily available and accessible to help women to overcome barriers to work and achieve economic self-sufficiency.