APA Testimony to Congress Details Needed Improvements in Children’s Mental Health

Senate hearing brought focus to key issues for the association


APA's Public Interest Government Relations Office, in collaboration with the APA's Children, Youth and Families Office and Education Government Relations Office, submitted testimony (PDF, 283KB) to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in support of their Feb. 25 hearing on mental health treatment options and trends for children and adolescents. The testimony:

  • Described the needs of low-income children and adolescents.
  • Called for federal action to ensure that all children and adolescents have access to evidence-based, culturally competent care.
  • Urged Congress to invest in programs that support the behavioral health workforce.
  • Expressed APA's continued concern regarding the use of anti-psychotic medications as a substitute for behavioral health interventions, a concern shared by the committee.

Children's mental health represents a longstanding priority for APA. Please sign up for APA Federal Action Network alerts to help support future efforts.