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.
Key Policy Areas
Children, Youth and Families
APA advocacy efforts related to children, youth and families — child abuse, child care, family medical leave, mental health, juvenile justice, early intervention and violence prevention.
APA advocacy efforts related to individuals with disabilities — stigma and significant challenges in the areas of access to health care, employment and education.
Ethnic Minority Affairs
APA advocacy efforts related to minority populations — health and health care disparities, foster care, cultural competence, American Indian/Alaska Native health services, and immigration.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
APA advocacy efforts related to LGBT populations — stigma, discrimination and prejudice, hate crimes, violence, bullying prevention and workplace protections.
News & Events
PI-GRO Welcomes Roberta Downing, PhD
Downing will direct federal policy initiatives related to socioeconomic status, poverty and aging.
APA Recommends Medicare and Medicaid Reforms
APA signed two letters responding to the Senate Finance Committee’s request for information on strengthening America’s mental and behavioral health system.
Spend a Year Working on Policy in D.C.
APA fellowships offer psychologists the chance to apply their skills in government.
2013 United States Conference on AIDS
APA represented psychology at the conference, highlighting priorities and recommendations in the area of HIV/AIDS.
- PI-GRO 2013 Convention Update (PDF, 2.9MB)
- Senate to Vote on Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013
Positive Aging Act of 2013
APA supports legislation to serve older adults and promote integrated care.
- APA Recommendations to the USPSTF on Suicide Risk for Adolescents and Older Adults
Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744)
APA sends letters of support for protections of children and LGBT people in immigration reform markup.
- APA Joins With National Partners to Advocate for Funding to Address Violence Against Women
- Commission on Long-Term Care
- APA Supports Funding for Critical Family Caregiving and Respite Care Programs in 2014
- PI-GRO Provides Training on Psychology and Advocacy at the 2013 Association for Women in Psychology Conference
- APA Joins National Coalition in Call for Federal LGBT Workplace Protections