Public Interest Government Relations Office
The Public Interest Government Relations Office actively engages in shaping federal policy to promote psychology in the public interest. Issue areas include: aging; children, youth, and families; individuals with disabilities; ethnic minority affairs; HIV/AIDS; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues; socioeconomic status; and women’s issues.
News & Events
APA Weighs In With Congress On Young People Immigrating Across the Nation’s Southern Border
Written testimony addresses trauma, mental health needs, psychological factors of immigration experience.
APA Comments on Federal Behavioral Counseling and Sexually Transmitted Infections Proposal
Recommendations focus on diversity, childhood sexual abuse, and provider capacity issues.
APA Applauds Efforts Around Bill to Address Law Enforcement, Mental Health Systems Response to Violence
Legislation also supports federal gun violence prevention research.
APA Invited, Participates in White House Summit on Working Families
President champions priority issues in APA's advocacy efforts.
APA Champions Disability and LGBT Issues Around Adoption and Foster Care
Association co-sponsors briefing and supports key legislation.
- Spring 2014 Activities Report (PDF, 724KB)
Key Policy Areas
Advocacy efforts address mental health care and community-based services, poverty, violence, suicide, elder abuse, caregiver support, and improving psychological services in long-term care.
Children, Youth and Families
Advocacy efforts address child abuse, access to child care and pre-school programs, improving mental health, juvenile justice, and violence prevention.
Ethnic Minority Affairs
Advocacy efforts address improving health and reducing health care disparities, cultural competence, the Minority Fellowship Program, American Indian/Alaska Native health services, and immigration.
Health Disparities and Health Care Reform
Advocacy efforts address reducing health disparities across all populations, health care reform policy, increasing access to mental and behavioral health services, and addressing the social determinants of health.
HIV and AIDS
Advocacy efforts address substance use, mental and behavioral health, addressing stigma, and the effective application of psychology to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
Individuals with Disabilities
Advocacy efforts address access to health care, employment protections, addressing stigma, international issues, parents with disabilities, and elementary and secondary education.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
Advocacy efforts address stigma, discrimination and prejudice, hate crimes, health disparities, health data collection and research, violence, bullying prevention and workplace rights.
Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
Advocacy efforts address access to health care, education, safe and affordable housing, adequate wages, safety net programs and employment laws.
Trauma, Violence and Abuse
APA advocacy efforts related to violence prevention and gun violence include threat assessment, increasing the research base, and disseminating evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies.
Advocacy efforts address include addressing postpartum depression, reproductive health, prevention of violence and abuse, and equality in employment and education.