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.
January 16-22, 2022
- Strengthening the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Applications open for the Health Professional Scholarship Program
- Increasing Veterans access to care with automatic enrollment in the VA
- Urging key Senate committee leadership to vote on critical mental health legislation
- APA seeks input on two federal regulatory requests for information
January 2-8, 2022
Articles from 2021
December 12-18, 2021
December 5-11, 2021
- Applauding the surgeon general’s December 7 advisory on ‘Protecting Youth Mental Health’
- Partnering to increase funding for health care for Native Americans
- Reducing harm of social media on children
- Strengthening educator training and preparation
December 1-4, 2021
November 28-30, 2021
- Supporting improvements for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
- APA Services joins forces with education, public health, and research communities to encourage swift passage of FY 2022 annual funding bills
November 7-13, 2021
- APA responds to Senate Finance Committee call for mental health policy solutions
- Advocating for psychological science at COP26
- Communicating priorities to Senate mental health policy leaders
- APA secures bipartisan introduction of Post-Disaster Mental Health Response Act
- Advising the Office of the Surgeon General on initiatives to improve child mental health
- State associations, partner organizations, and APA promote key mental health parity provision in reconciliation negotiations
- Partnering to increase awareness of children’s mental health
- APA cosponsors webinar on telehealth and alcohol treatment
October 24-30, 2021
- APA President Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP, appoints four new members of the Advocacy Coordinating Committee
October 17-23, 2021
- Supporting sickle cell disease Medicaid demonstration bill
- Advising Congress on Social Determinants of Health Caucus
- APA responds to federal plans to democratize artificial intelligence data and resources for US researchers
October 10-16, 2021
- Welcoming new congressional and executive branch policy fellows
- VA psychologists testify on proposed legislation focused on mental health care and improving care for women
October 3-9, 2021
September 26-30, 2021
- Supporting legislation to fund mental health services for communities impacted by gun violence
- Working with Congress to update definitions of child abuse and neglect and mandatory reporter
- Psychological scientists rally for psychological research on Capitol Hill
September 19-25, 2021
- Collaborating with state psychological associations to push for changes in CMS’s proposed rule
September 12-18, 2021
- Working to support elder justice and social isolation programs
- Promoting behavioral science in NIH’s 2021–2025 strategic plan
- Illinois Psychological Association joins Health is Health coalition in successful effort to expand access to mental health services in Illinois
- Narrowly-focused one-size-fits-all integrated care bill introduced in Congress
- Ensuring that K-12 students experiencing a mental health crisis have access to timely support
- Collaborating with state psychology association on issues pertaining to mutual Medicaid-related advocacy priorities
- Working to expand health care, nutrition assistance, and other essential programs for immigrants
- Advancing maternal health legislation to eliminate racial disparities
- Grassroots advocacy leads to key win on student mental health
September 1-4, 2021
August 29-31, 2021
- Offering recommendations for advancing cultural competency, language access, and sensitivity toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
August 22-28, 2021
August 1-7, 2021
July 25-31, 2021
- Calling for new guidance to address equity in school discipline
- Advocating for student mental health at the APASI 2021 Education Advocacy Summit
- Advocating for federal actions to decrease student loan debt
July 18-24, 2021
- Offering recommendations on practice, science, and equity for the next iteration of the 21st Century Cures Act
- Commenting on establishment of new ARPA entity in NIH
- APA priorities on track to receive increased federal funding
July 11-17, 2021
- Bringing psychological science forward to end corporal punishment in schools
- Maintaining flexible length of study for international students
- Engaging policymakers on integrated care
July 4-10, 2021
- Partnering with House caucus on psychological science and the Future of Work
- Advocating for expanded protections for LGBTQ+ students with the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights
- Supporting bipartisan legislation to improve access to crisis care services
- Using psychological science to advance equity in government-wide programs
June 20-26, 2021
- Supporting legislation to extend and expand current flexibilities in Medicare telehealth coverage
- Supporting the Biden administration’s FY 2022 budget request for education research
June 13-19, 2021
- Providing scientific expertise to Government Accountability Office study on policing
- Using psychological science to support the American Dream and Promise Act
- Advocating for an end to corporal punishment in schools
June 6-12, 2021
- Highlighting the importance of mental health care for unaccompanied immigrant children
- APA-supported legislation for investment in research and development passes Senate
- Talking with Capitol Hill staffers about stress and trauma
- Working with Congress to address adverse childhood trauma
- APA supports Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, PhD, to serve as the assistant secretary of SAMHSA
June 1-5, 2021
May 27, 2021
May 26, 2021
- Pediatric psychologists’ Anti-Racism Task Force trained on federal, state advocacy strategies, and tactics
May 25, 2021
- Applauding global engagement in letters to Biden administration
- Inaugural Leadership in Science Advocacy Award presented to Allyson J. Bennett, PhD
May 21, 2021
May 20, 2021
May 12, 2021
- Bringing psychological science to the White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force
- Addressing rural mental health disparities with recommendations to inform the National Institute of Mental Health research agenda
May 11, 2021
May 6, 2021
April 29, 2021
April 28, 2021
- Working with Congress to address adverse childhood experiences
- APA issues statement in support of Extreme Risk Protection Orders at US Senate Hearing
April 27, 2021
- Celebrating Third Annual VA Psychology Recognition Week
- Providing recommendations for Senate hearing on behavioral health and policing
- Highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace and offering evidence-based recommendations to the US Senate
- APA provides comments on VA suicide prevention grant program
April 21, 2021
- Influencing federal guidance on how schools can address the social and emotional well-being of students affected by the pandemic
- Continuing advocacy on Medicare reimbursement rates will be needed throughout year
- Endorsing introduction of the Mental Health for Latinos Act
April 20, 2021
- Calling on the Department of Education to issue guidance on mental health as schools reopen
- Advocating for student loan forgiveness for psychologists
- Highlighting the value of utilizing psychological science to combat racism and inequities in the scientific workforce
- Calling for more resources to address the social determinants of health
- Supporting the Immigrants’ Mental Health Act
- Advocacy training for pediatric psychologists
- Calling for stronger enforcement for mental health parity laws and continued telehealth coverage to advance health equity
April 5, 2021
- Welcoming Secretary of Defense Austin and offers suggestions on improving service delivery, prevention, and psychological research for servicemembers
- Providing recommendations to Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on mental health care for veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Endorsing bold plan to strengthen the US science and technology infrastructure
- APA partners with HFES in providing comments to the Department of Transportation on plans for autonomous vehicles
April 1, 2021
March 22, 2021
- Advocating for NIH and NIDDK FY2022 funding increase
- Psychologists warn Congress of access cliff for patients who rely on telehealth
- APA supports Vivek Murthy, MD, to serve as surgeon general of the United States
- Working to support immigrants through the Dream Act
- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act passes US House of Representatives
March 19, 2021
March 15, 2021
March 9, 2021
- Highlighting the value of telehealth in expanding behavioral health access
- House passes the Equality Act; APA calls for swift action in the Senate
- Welcoming Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona
- Supporting investments in health systems and health equity research at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Boosting access to mental and behavioral health services in schools by calling for updated Medicaid billing guidance
- APA CEO welcomes Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough and outlines priorities
February 24, 2021
- Congress reintroduces the RISE Act to provide relief to institutions of higher education, research institutions, and researchers
- Advancing behavioral science in the COVID response
- APA urges congressional leadership to advance policies providing equitable access to health care in rural America
- Collaborating with HRSA to meet mental health needs
February 17, 2021
February 10, 2021
- APA continues to fight for care for veterans with mental health conditions who were inappropriately separated from military service
- APA fights for telehealth and prescribing authority in comments to the Department of Veterans Affairs
- Empowering members to advocate for issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community
- Urging fast action on COVID-19 priorities in the 117th Congress
- Urging Congress to extend Medicare sequester moratorium
- APA endorses critical bill to fight maternal health disparities
- APA, educational research community request an increase in funding to conduct “school pulse” research
- As Biden focuses on science, psychologists look to shape administration’s agenda
January 25, 2021
- Supporting administrative actions taken by newly-inaugurated Biden administration
- Advising the National Institute of Mental Health on new research directions to prevent Black youth suicide
- Urging Biden-Harris administration to make tele-behavioral health steps in first 100 days
January 15, 2021
January 11, 2021
- Securing HRSA funding for integrated substance use disorder training
- Securing major wins in fiscal year 2021 omnibus spending bill
- Advancing Medicare telemental health
- Advocating for psychology in COVID-19 relief bill
January 8, 2021
- Advising National Institute of Mental Health on mental health disparities research
- Two steps forward on cannabis research
- APA provides comments to Maternal and Child Health Bureau Strategic Plan
January 7, 2021
Articles from 2020
December 17, 2020
December 14, 2020
- Calling on Biden administration to address Title IX and sexual misconduct in education
- APA informs efforts to advance services for children and families with special health care needs
- APA successfully advances priorities in two major military and veterans bills
- APA joins the Coalition for National Science Funding in making key policy recommendations to the Biden transition team
- APA and scientific, public health communities urge President-elect Biden to prioritize NIH research and funding
December 10, 2020
- APA comments on the draft NIH-wide COVID-19 strategic plan
- APA joins research community in urging congress to reach an agreement on FY 2021 funding and emergency COVID-19 relief
- Commemorating 50 years of alcohol research at the National Institute of Health
December 8, 2020
December 4, 2020
Nov. 17, 2020
- APA invites applications for its 2021-22 Congressional and Executive Branch Science fellowships
- Psychological Science Agenda spotlights Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
- APA advocated successfully for appropriations language in support of research with animals
- Opposing changes to work visas for foreign psychologists
- Psychological science informs APA response to Department of Labor request for information
- APA and PREVENTS Task Force team up to provide suicide prevention webinars
Nov. 13, 2020
Nov. 2, 2020
- APA fights to reverse Texas rule that would allow social workers to turn away patients who are LGBTQ or have a disability
- Calling for an end to unnecessary privatization of COVID-19 data reporting protocols
- APA-supported mental health and suicide prevention bills signed into law
- Prioritizing COVID-19 vaccine distribution
- Psychologists receive grants to conduct research on gun violence
- APA joins diverse coalition pushing to end hunger among service members
- Opposing proposed limits to length of study for international students
Oct. 19, 2020
- APA-supported bipartisan National Veterans Suicide Prevention Day resolution agreed to in Senate
- APA psychologist members offer webinar to support mental health during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- APA and state psychological associations engage in record-breaking effort to protect Medicare reimbursements and policies affecting psychologists
- APA calls upon the Department of Defense and Congress to address obstacles to mental health care access for military service members and their families
- Advocating for congressional action on student loan burden on psychologists during 2020 Digital Hill Day and Advocacy Summit
- APA helps drive recognition of World Mental Health Day in the House of Representatives
Oct. 16, 2020
- APA welcomes new congressional policy fellows
- APA supports congressional briefing highlighting NIDDK’s commitment to health disparities research
- Federal research leaders spotlighted in 'Psychological Science Agenda'
- APA joins coalition letter urging CMS to make Medicare telemental health services permanent
Oct. 6, 2020
- APA joins forces to launch a Friends of National Institute of Mental Health coalition
- Congress funds government through Dec. 11, averting shutdown
- APA-supported bill on improving care for incarcerated pregnant women passes House
- House passes veterans mental health care bills
- Expressing opposition to proposed changes to visas for international students
Sept. 28, 2020
- Supporting national firearms safe storage campaign
- Expanding broadband access to support telehealth, education, and equity
Sept. 22, 2020
- Broad coalition endorses independent practice for Medicare psychologists in all settings
- Responding to Congressional inquiries following testimony before House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee
Sept. 21, 2020
- Research relief for federal science agencies
- APA priorities included in house veterans’ affairs committee legislative hearing
- Scientific community rallies for continued investment in NIH
Sept. 17, 2020
Sept. 4, 2020
- Promoting telehealth services coverage in private-sector plans
- APA recognizes veterans and service members during suicide prevention month
- Advising the National Institutes of Health on rigor and reproducibility in research with nonhuman animals
- Supporting state psychology association engagement with members of Congress in local advocacy
- Advocating for student debt relief
- Supporting prompt access to Medicaid for inmates reentering society
- Ensuring that investigations of campus sexual misconduct are reflective of psychological science
Aug. 26, 2020
- CMS proposes Medicare payment cuts to psychologists’ services
- APA calls for comprehensive policy changes to end the US racism pandemic
- Urging the incorporation of behavioral research in strategies for COVID-19 vaccine success
- Briefing the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on the mental health needs of Latinx children
- Supporting legislation to strengthen health care systems research agency
- Monitoring non-discrimination in health care regulations
Aug. 11, 2020
- Working collaboratively to support behavioral and psychological research
- Supporting the behavioral health of K-12 students
- APA pushes Facebook to eliminate hate speech
- Supporting expanded access to health care for older minority adults in the COVID-19 pandemic
- Shaping the national drug abuse research plan
- APA urges continued focus on veterans mental health as major bill unanimously passes US Senate
- Kennedy Forum supports Medicare physician definition bill
Aug. 7, 2020
- Supporting critical education and student mental health programs with increases in House funding bill
- Securing increased funding for psychology workforce training programs
- Supporting K-12 students in response to COVID-19
- Ensuring that psychologists in public service receive full student loan benefits through the pandemic
July 29, 2020
- Protecting confidential records of immigrant children’s mental health sessions
- APA-supported bills advance in key House committee’s first ever virtual votes
- Actively supporting DACA recipients and psychologists
- Training women leaders in psychology on effective advocacy
- Providing research and support for House resolution addressing mental health disparities
July 15, 2020
- APA supports permanent expansion of Medicare coverage of mental health services furnished via telehealth
- APA voices opposition to policy targeting international students
- APA urges Congress to invest substantially in mental and behavioral health in the next COVID-19 relief legislation
- Advocating for psychology students and borrowers impacted by COVID-19
- Working to support American Indians and Alaska Natives
July 1, 2020
- APA leadership testifies before House subcommittee on solutions to expand behavioral health access and research
- Providing psychological expertise to US Senate hearing on policing
- Working to protect psychologists from Medicare payment cuts
- Alleviating social isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic
- APA ensures psychologists have access to PPE through Amazon
- Advancing research on cannabis: Dose response and growing concerns
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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