The American Psychiatric Association is governed by the Board of Trustees
of the Association vest the Board of Trustees with the authority to make policy, to manage the affairs of the Association, and to formulate and implement the policies of the Association. The Board of Trustees is comprised of national and regional officers and trustees elected
by the membership.
The Assembly of District Branches
is the entity representing the individual members in the affairs of the Association. It is comprised of representatives from the Association’s district branches who are elected by the members of the district branches.
The Joint Reference Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Trustees that acts as a liaison and screening mechanism for the Board, the Assembly, and the Association’s components. It refers issues for study to various components and coordinates their recommendations for further consideration by the Board and the Assembly.
The Components of the Association are the councils, committees, and task forces which report to the councils. These components report to the Joint Reference Committee.