APA Advocacy Issues

  • Aging

    Advocacy efforts address mental health care and community-based services, poverty, violence, suicide, elder abuse, caregiver support, and improving psychological services in long-term care.

  • Children, Youth and Families

    Advocacy efforts address child abuse, access to child care and pre-school programs, improving mental health, juvenile justice, and violence prevention.

  • Community Health Centers

    APA advocacy efforts related to access to primary health care services — and integrated mental and behavioral health care — for individuals in medically underserved urban and rural areas.

  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice Issues

    APA advocacy efforts on priority populations, disparities, human and civil rights, diversion from incarceration, mental and behavioral health, rehabilitation, successful community reentry, developmentally appropriate juvenile justice policies and practices, and evidence-based practice.

  • Early Childhood, K-12 and Higher Education

    APA advocacy efforts related to psychology’s role in education programs to improve teaching and learning — from testing and curriculum development, to violence prevention in schools and colleges.

  • Ethnic Minority Affairs

    Advocacy efforts address improving health and reducing health care disparities, cultural competence, the Minority Fellowship Program, American Indian/Alaska Native health services, and immigration.

  • Federal Program Spending

    APA advocacy efforts related to funding for federal programs critical to the deployment of psychological practice and research in the service of promoting health and human welfare.

  • Federal Research Spending

    APA advocacy efforts related to funding for federal agencies that support behavioral and psychological research — educating policymakers about its role in innovation and advances in public health.

  • Graduate Psychology Education

    APA advocacy efforts related to GPE, the only federal program dedicated to the education and training of psychologists. Grants for APA-accredited programs bring mental health care to underserved populations.

  • Health Disparities

    Advocacy efforts address reducing health disparities in key health disparity populations, increasing access to mental and behavioral health services for these populations, addressing the social determinants of health and federal health equity efforts.

  • HIV and AIDS

    Advocacy efforts address substance use, mental and behavioral health, addressing stigma, and the effective application of psychology to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

  • Human Rights Issues

    APA advocacy efforts regarding international violence, global human rights accountability, domestic issues such as solitary confinement, and supporting ratification of UN Conventions.

  • Immigration and Related Issues

    Advocacy efforts address the psychological benefits of keeping children and families together within immigration policy, understanding the consequences of prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination and guiding policy development for immigrants.

  • Individuals with Disabilities

    Advocacy efforts address access to health care, employment protections, addressing stigma, international issues, parents with disabilities, and elementary and secondary education.

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues

    Advocacy efforts address stigma, discrimination and prejudice, hate crimes, health disparities, health data collection and research, violence, bullying prevention and workplace rights.

  • Media and Children

    APA advocacy efforts related to issues of media impact on children — V-Chip and television ratings, the sexualization of girls, violent media content and the effects of advertising.

  • Mental and Behavioral Health Care

    Advocacy efforts address health care reform policy, increasing access to mental and behavioral health services, reducing stigma, and mental health parity.

  • Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

    APA advocacy efforts related to service members, veterans and their families — access to mental and behavioral health care, PTSD, substance use and abuse, brain injuries and psychosocial rehabilitation.

  • National Health Service Corps

    APA advocacy efforts related to NHSC, a federal program that recruits health care professionals to serve in high-needs, community-based systems of care in return for scholarship or loan repayment assistance.

  • National Institutes of Health

    APA advocacy efforts related to NIH, the largest federal funder of psychological research — promoting research projects, influencing policy, and increasing federal funding for behavioral research.

  • Peer Review

    APA advocacy efforts related to the process of peer review, ensuring that only those research proposals with the highest scientific merit receive funding from federal agencies.

  • Poverty and Socioeconomic Status

    Advocacy efforts address access to health care, education, safe and affordable housing, adequate wages, safety net programs and employment laws.

  • Public Access to Scientific Articles

    APA advocacy efforts related to policy requiring free access to published articles about research that was funded by NIH. APA and its partner publishers urge flexibility and respect for copyright.

  • Substance Abuse

    APA advocacy efforts related to psychological research of the prevention, etiology and treatment of substance use disorders.

  • Trauma, Violence and Abuse

    APA advocacy efforts related to violence prevention and gun violence include threat assessment, increasing the research base, and disseminating evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies.

  • Women’s Issues

    Advocacy efforts address include addressing postpartum depression, reproductive health, prevention of violence and abuse, and equality in employment and education.

  • Workforce Development

    APA advocacy efforts related to workforce issues concerning psychologists — shortage of qualified mental health professionals, availability and funding of federal programs.