APA actively participates in numerous coalitions with other scientific and professional organizations to pursue shared advocacy goals.

  • APA and MHLG coalition partners sign on to letter promoting mental health parity.
  • APA and partners call for flexible sentencing for youth.
  • APA and the Behavioral Health Information Coalition recommended funding to assist providers with electronic health records.
  • APA and partners sent a letter in support of federal investments in graduate study.
  • APA signed on to a Friends of NIDA letter supporting research on cannabidiol and marijuana.
June 2019
  • APA and MHLG coalition partners sign on to letter promoting mental health parity
  • APA and partners call for flexible sentencing for youth
  • APA and the Behavioral Health Information Coalition recommended funding to assist providers with electronic health records
  • APA and partners sent a letter in support of federal investments in graduate study
  • APA signed on to a Friends of NIDA letter supporting research on cannabidiol and marijuana
May 2019
  • APA joined a Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities statement expressing support for creating a flexible, comprehensive and inclusive paid leave policy
  • APA letter to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson voicing concern about housing proposal that could separate families
  • APA supports immigration legislation helping Dreamers 
  • APA letter of support for Senator Bob Casey’s (D-PA) Higher Education Mental Health Act of 2019 (S.1204)
  • APA’s letter to Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) in support of S. 1122, the Mental Health Services for Students Act of 2019. 
  • APA joined a coalition of 67 organizations in sending a letter to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) addressing its most recent behavioral health workforce projections. 
  • APA signs on to letters addressing criminal justice funding in FY2020 -  to protect funding for key programs within the Office of Justice Programs, the Office of Violence Against Women, the COPS Office, and to also restore funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program. 
  • APA and its mental health coalition partners endorsed the Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions and Making Health Care Affordable Act of 2019,
April 2019
  • APA expressed its support for the legislation, “What You Can Do for Your Country Act of 2019,” being introduced by Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). 
  • The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) letter to Congress making two important recommendations: (1) strongly encourage and recommend that Congress reach a bipartisan agreement to raise the budget caps for non-defense discretionary spending, and (2) CNSF recommends a $9 billion appropriation for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in fiscal year 2020.
  • APA, a member of a coalition of national organizations committed to children’s health, signed a letter in strong support of the “Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2019” (ACE Kids Act, S. 317/H.R. 1226)
March 2019
  • APA Letter to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) – express APA’s appreciation for the February 27, hearing on “Reviewing the Administration’s Unaccompanied Children Program.”
  • APA Letters to Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Tom Reed (R-NY) in Support of H.R. 1109, Mental Health Services for Students Act of 2019.
  • APA Testimony – Committee on Health & Committee on Public Safety Joint Public Oversight Hearing: The District Government Strategy and Actions to Combat the Opioid Epidemic Submitted for the Record.
  • Title IV-A Coalition Letter – urges passage of bipartisan legislation waiving the Budget Control Act’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 and FY 2021 spending caps and establishing new overall spending caps that allow for adequate investments in K-12 education programs.
  • Community Letter requesting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to examine an additional area of potential new state tools through a Request for Information (RFI).
  • Children’s Budget Coalition (House/Senate) – welcome letter to the new members of the 116th Congress.
  • Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) – letter to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), providing recommendations for Congress to strengthen parity enforcement, stabilize the health insurance marketplace and promote behavioral integration.
  • APA Continues Advocacy to Oppose Medicaid Work Requirements – APA joined more than 50 national organizations in a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).ations in a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).