In the Public Interest

A publication of the Public Interest Directorate
March 2009


Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO) Announces New Policy Resources for Health Care Reform

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PI-GRO believes that health care reform provides a critical opportunity to ensure that our nation has the appropriate infrastructure to meet the mental and behavioral health needs of individuals across the lifespan.


In This Edition

  • The Economic Stimulus Package
    APA engaged on multiple fronts during consideration of H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, with PI-GRO taking a lead role on outreach to key congressional leaders and members of the conference committee.
  • Child Abuse
    On February 23, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 911, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Treatment Programs for Teens Act of 2009, a bill that represents long-standing priorities for PI-GRO and includes many recommendations proposed by APA members.
  • Geriatric Health Professions and Training
    Since the last edition of In the Public Interest, PI-GRO and Education GRO have been working to secure critical legislative language within legislation related to educational and training opportunities in geriatrics and long-term care for licensed health professionals, direct care workers, and family caregivers.
  • LGBT Concerns
    PI-GRO continues to advocate on behalf of LGBT persons, most recently by advancing the need to eliminate LGBT health disparities and new legal protections for binational same-sex couples.