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APA Advocacy Washington Update is a newsletter that highlights how APA is working to advance the discipline and practice of psychology on Capitol Hill and beyond. Learn more about APA's advocacy priorities for 2020.

June 17, 2020 (PDF, 644KB)

  • Write your senators: Boost funding to reimburse COVID-related losses to researchers
  • Advocating for extended telehealth flexibility
  • Submitting congressional testimony on police reforms
  • Improving the federal COVID-19 response in communities of color
  • Preserving federal non-discrimination in health-care protections
  • Supporting mental health block grant-funded crisis care services
  • Calling for extension of telehealth services' expansion
  • APA member appointed to new commission on safety and quality in nursing homes

June 3, 2020 (PDF, 644KB)

  • Using psychology to address inequality.
  • Calling for extension of telehealth policies after COVID-19 emergency.
  • Cultivating congressional relationships with state psychological associations.
  • Bolstering support for students with disabilities in response to COVID-19.
  • Responding to the behavioral health crisis caused by the pandemic.
  • Supporting nursing home legislation.

May 20, 2020 (PDF, 207KB)

  • Urging Congress to provide emergency funding for mental health.
  • Ensuring telehealth coverage in ERISA health plans during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Advocating for psychology students and borrowers impacted by COVID-19.
  • Requesting more support for students and educators.
  • Calling for a permanent legislative fix for DACA recipients.

May 6, 2020 (PDF, 443KB)

  • Integrated advocacy success: Psychologists can now provide phone-only services.
  • Encouraging support for COVID-19-related research.
  • Advocating for equity in internet access for students learning from home.
  • Mitigating COVID-19-related learning loss with state and local leaders.
  • Addressing the heightened risk of child abuse and neglect during COVID-19.
  • Bolstering federal support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

April 22, 2020 (PDF, 470KB)

  • Requesting better data collection and reporting of COVID-19 health disparities.
  • Bringing the social and behavioral science of pandemics to Capitol Hill.
  • Seeking to prevent disability-based discrimination in coronavirus cases.
  • Supporting psychologists in the public service workforce.
  • Addressing housing instability and homelessness spurred by COVID-19.
  • Proposing ways to enhance the behavioral and social science infrastructure.

April 8, 2020 (PDF, 194KB)

  • Urging the administration to allow audio-only telemental health services for Medicare patients.
  • Asking states to waive licensing restrictions in the wake of COVID-19.
  • Guiding states and health providers on avoiding disability-based discrimination.
  • Supporting students with disabilities.
  • Shaping the NIH Strategic Plan Framework.

April 1, 2020 (PDF, 204KB)

  • Advocating for psychologists, students and the public in third COVID-19 stimulus package.
  • CMS further expands psychologists’ ability to provide telehealth.
  • Calling on all states to lift restrictions on telehealth services. 
  • Gaining senator support for Medicare audio-only telehealth coverage.

March 24, 2020 (PDF, 424KB)

  • Calling for priority behavioral health measures in COVID-19 bill.
  • Protecting seniors and individuals with disabilities during COVID-19.
  • Advocating for psychology students, campus safety and student mental health during the COVID-19 crisis.

March 18, 2020 (PDF, 416KB)

  • Ensuring Medicare patients have access to telehealth during COVID-19 emergency.
  • Rallying Congressional support to fully fund critical state block grant for schools.
  • Advocating for APA priorities at the National Science Foundation and Department of Justice.

March 2-6, 2020 (PDF, 656KB)

  • Working with Capitol Hill to expand access to psychological services and training.
  • Supporting immigrants' mental health with new legislation.
  • Expanding access to intensive behavioral therapy for obesity care.
  • Supporting NIH's ability to fund more science.
  • Working with veterans on safe firearms storage.

Feb. 24-28, 2020 (PDF, 247KB)

  • In response to coronavirus, reducing barriers to telehealth services.
  • Calling for oversight hearings to protect immigrant children.
  • Supporting the essential role of research in improving teaching and learning.
  • Advocating for APA’s fiscal year 2021 appropriations priorities.

Feb. 16-20, 2020 (PDF, 337KB)

  • Calling for immediate halt to sharing confidential psychotherapy notes.
  • Raising concerns about possible religious discrimination in care.
  • Seeking to improve mental health care and discipline in schools.

Feb. 10-14, 2020 (PDF, 310KB)

  • A new advocacy network to mobilize psychologists.
  • Urging Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services not to impose major Medicare cuts in 2021.
  • Calling for an immediate halt to sharing immigrant youths' confidential psychotherapy notes with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • Putting the president’s fiscal year 2021 budget in perspective.
  • Bringing psychology to new substance use disorder advisory committee.

Feb. 3-7, 2020 (PDF, 337KB)

  • Advising Congress on the mental health issues associated with climate change. 
  • Speaking out against Medicare’s proposed cuts in reimbursement. 
  • Raising awareness about pediatric mental health. 
  • Supporting Medicare coverage of services for eating disorders. 

Jan. 27-31, 2020 (PDF, 346KB)

  • Working to ease the addiction crisis.
  • Raising awareness about traumatic brain injuries in military and veterans.
  • Reducing barriers to fentanyl research.
  • Speaking out on Supreme Court ruling that could immigrant services.
  • Advancing suicide prevention research.
  • Advising White House on the research environment.

Jan. 20-24, 2020 (PDF, 369KB)

  • Advancing role of psychological pain management.
  • Focusing on black youth suicide and mental health.
  • Increasing access to whole-person care.
  • Improving care for veterans with serious mental illness.

Jan. 13-17, 2020 (359KB)

  • Statement on regulatory burden for cannabis researchers.
  • Expanding early childhood mental health services.
  • Sharing suicide prevention priorities.
  • Campaigning to increase access to mental health services.
  • Advocating for regulatory changes.
  • Welcoming new members of APA Advocacy Coordinating Committee.

Jan. 6-10, 2020 (PDF, 357KB)

  • APA's 2020 advocacy priorities.
  • Calling for more basic and clinical psychological research.
  • Talking with Sen. Gillibrand about health confidentiality.
  • Hand-delivering APA report on psychology of immigration to every member of Congress.
  • Addressing rural mental health and suicide prevention with Senate committee.
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