Public awareness of access issues for mental health care increases

APA took action to address children’s psychological concerns and to facilitate health care reform implementation.

APA put a spotlight on children’s mental health issues as a key partner in the Speak Up for Kids campaign, a national public education program conducted during Mental Health Awareness Week, May 6-12. The campaign provided 600 talks around the country, and more than 100 APA members hosted Stand Up for Kids information sessions in their communities. The Public Interest Directorate’s Children, Youth and Families Office coordinated APA’s participation, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Child Mind Institute and the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

To assist state, provincial and territorial associations with health care reform implementation, APA’s Practice Directorate launched a State Implementation of Health Care Reform Initiative following passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The initiative established a presence on APA Communities — a secure online professional network where users can work collaboratively in real time. The new APA Communities group provides a discussion forum and links state leaders to resources and information about health care reform activities. 

APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, participated in six SPTA health care reform summits about psychology’s involvement in health care reform. Meanwhile, Practice worked with a premier health care law firm to begin developing strategies to overcome barriers to psychologists providing services to the Medicaid population, which will expand by millions as ACA is implemented.