Public Interest Government Relations Office
News & Events
APA Urges House and Senate to Support Pay Equality
Proposed legislation will update existing regulations to promote equal pay.
APA Sends Letter to Secretary of Homeland Security to Express Concerns About Separating Families at the Border
Proposal would lead to damaging results for children.
Organizations Request Adequate Funding for At-risk Women and Children
The long-standing, evidence-based program supports families in need.
Coalition Supports Federal Assistance for Homeless Families
The supported legislation allows communities to use federal funds to ameliorate local issues.
Access to Health Resources and Care is Key to LGBTQ Health, Coalition Partners Argue
Coalitions highlight the unique benefits Planned Parenthood provides for LGBTQ persons.
Registry Based upon Religion, Race or Nation of Origin Opposed by APA
APA recognizes that discriminatory practices are harmful for mental health.
Data Collection Will Help to Combat Disparities in Sexual Minorities, Says APA
APA responds to a call for comments by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Public Interest Government Relations Office March 2017 Update (PDF, 1.1MB)
Key Policy Areas
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.
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.
Advocacy efforts address include addressing postpartum depression, reproductive health, prevention of violence and abuse, and equality in employment and education.