Get Involved with Advocacy & APAPAC

This year is critical. Get involved in advocacy.

APA works daily on Capitol Hill and around the country to advance the profession and promote the highest quality care for patients and their families. Through advocacy, APA:

  • Shapes policy, legislation and regulation working with the legislative and executive branches
  • Educates the public about mental health, psychiatry, and evidence-based treatments
  • Assists affiliated District Branches/State Associations and individual members achieve their goals

Advocacy can only work if APA members are involved. Here’s how you can help.

APA Political Action Committee

APAs bipartisan federal PAC supports candidates committed to assuring the health and wellbeing of individuals suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. Learn more here.

Congressional Advocacy Network

We need psychiatrists to build relationships with legislators. CAN is APA’s political grassroots network. Log in with your member credentials and learn more.

Advocacy Action Center

Take action today on legislation and issues that need your voice

Federal Affairs

In our nation’s capital, APA leaders and Department of Government Relations staff advise Congress, the White House, and federal agencies on issues facing the medical specialty of psychiatry, our patients, and their families.

State Affairs

Around the country, APA provides assistance to District Branches/State Associations on state legislative and regulatory affairs.


Members can join APAPAC and help increase our impact.

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Advocacy Updates eNewsletter

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Advocacy Action Center

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2019 Advocacy Successes

APA supports psychiatry at the federal and state levels on behalf of the membership. View highlights of APA's 2019 efforts.

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Advocacy 101: Promoting Positive Mental Health Policy

APA's new online course is open to all APA members who wish to learn more or improve current understanding of how to advocate policymakers.

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