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Key Policy Areas

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Poverty and Socioeconomic Status

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

  • 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.