Public Interest Government Relations Office
News & Events
APA Submits Comments to Ensure Access to the Full Range of Mental and Behavioral Health Services in New Clinics
APA and its affiliated Practice Organization submitted the comments jointly.
APA Urges Congress to Extend Important Children's Health Program
President Obama signs extension into law as part of Medicare “doc fix.”
Psychologists Take to the Hill to Support Trafficking Legislation
Participants provided congressional offices with background information and recommendations.
APA Co-sponsors, Moderates Briefing on the Vital Role of Data to Prevent Injuries and Violence
Speakers address violent deaths, addiction and traumatic brain injury.
Broad Coalition Urges Congress to Prioritize Funding for State Social Services
Letter seeks adequate federal investment in key supports for vulnerable populations.
- 2014 Public Interest Government Relations Fall/Winter Update
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.