APA Position Statements

                                       "Policy documents are approved by the APA Assembly and Board of Trustees... These are ... position statements that define APA official policy on specific subjects." APA Operations Manual                                      


Cultural psychiatry as a specific field of study relevant to the assessment and care of all patients
Detained immigrants with mental illness
Firearm access, acts of violence and the relationship to mental illness and mental health services
Issues related to homosexuality
Legal proceedings and access to psychiatric care for juvenile offenders
Legislative intrusion and reproductive choice
Marijuana as medicine
Newborn infant adoptions
Therapies focused on memories of childhood physical and sexual abuse  
School-based health clinics
Somatic cell nuclear transfer 
Use of medical marijuana for posttraumatic stress disorder


Assessing the risk of violence
Banning of pharmacy benefit management policies that require the provision of dangerous quantities of medications
Firearms access: Inquiries in clinical settings
HIV-infected psychiatrists
Occupational HIV exposure: Protocols and protections
Rights of the child, Endorsement of U.S. ratification of the Convention on the
Segregation of prisoners with mental illness
Substance use disorders
Support for peer support services
Transgender and gender variant individuals, Access to care for
Transgender and gender variant individuals, Discrimination against


Bullying-related morbidity and mortality, Joint AACAP/APA statement 
Guns on college and university campuses, Proposed legislation
Juveniles serving lengthy mandatory terms of imprisonment, Review of sentences
Mental health, children and disasters, Joint APA/AACAP statement on 
Physician wellness 
Utilization review, Remuneration for psychiatrists’ time performing


Confidentiality of computerized records  
Conflicts of interest principles and guidelines: With special interest for clinical practice and research 
Direct to consumer advertising, Adoption of AMA statement on 
High volume psychiatric practice and quality of patient care
Infectious disease epidemics including H1N1
No “Dangerous Patient” exception to Federal Psychotherapist-Patient Testimonial Privilege
Posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury 
Psychiatry and primary care integration across the lifespan


Abortion and women's reproductive rights
Access to comprehensive psychiatric assessment and integrated treatment  
Adolescent substance abuse 
Atypical antipsychotic agents  
Discriminatory disability insurance coverage 
Employment-related psychiatric examinations 
HIV and adolescents  
HIV and inpatient psychiatric services 
HIV and outpatient psychiatric services  
HIV antibody testing  
HIV/AIDS and confidentiality, disclosure and protection of others  
Interference with scientific research and medical care 
Marijuana as medicine  
Medication substitution  
Provision of psychotherapy for psychiatric residents 
Psychiatrists practicing in managed care: Rights and regulations
Psychotherapy by psychiatrists 
Regarding hypnosis 
Tobacco dependence  
Use of animals in research 
U.S. military policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” 
Xenophobia, immigration and mental health


Capital Punishment, Adoption of AMA statement on  
Principles for health care reform for psychiatry  
State mental health services  
HIV and crystal methamphetamine 
HIV infection and people over 50


Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)  
Federal exemption from the IMD exclusion 
Insanity defense 
Patient access to treatments prescribed by their physicians
Pharmacy benefit management 
Psychiatric disability evaluations by psychiatrists 
Release of patients’ records to state medical boards 
Treatment of substance use disorders in the criminal justice system 
Use of jails to hold persons with criminal charges who are awaiting civil psychiatric hospital beds


Psychiatric participation in interrogation of detainees  
Resolution against racism and racial discrimination and their adverse impacts on mental health 


Adjudication of youths as adults in the criminal justice system 
College and university mental health 
Death sentences for persons with dementia or traumatic brain injury 
Mentally ill prisoners and death row  
Publication of findings from clinical trials  
Recovery, Use of the concept of


Diminished responsibility in capital sentencing 
HIV infection and pregnant women 
Mental health, substance abuse and aging: Three resolutions  
Psychiatric implications of HIV/HCV coinfection
Substance use disorders and other mental health comorbid with HIV, Recognition and management of
Universal access to health care 


Concensus statement on quality of care in nursing homes, Endorsement  
HIV antibody testing  
HIV-related neuropsychiatric findings and associated impairments, Recognition and management of
Needle exchange programs  
Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) research 


Access to comprehensive psychiatric assessment and integrated treatment  
Carve-outs and discrimination 
Declaration of professional responsibility: Medicine's social contract with humanity 
Inclusion of substance-related disorders as psychiatric disorders in any program designed to assure access and quality of care for persons with mental health
Medical professionalism, Charter on
Minimum necessary guidelines for third-party payers for psychiatric treatment  
Pharmacy benefit management/Pharmacy benefit managers (PBM)  
Reactive attachment disorder 


Care of pregnant and newly delivered women addicts  
Core principles for end-of-life care  
Discrimination against International Medical Graduates  
Doctors against handgun injury (revised)  
Domestic violence  
Juvenile death sentences  
Precepts of paliative care  
Prevention of violence 


Moratorium on capital punishment in the United States 
Medical necessity definition  
Preventing violence in America: A commitment from health professionals  
Violence in America can and must be prevented: A call for action from medicine, nursing, and public health 


Psychotherapy and managed care 


Abuse and misuse of psychiatry, Identification of 
Sexual harassment litigation, Misuse of psychiatric examinations and disclosure of psychiatric records in 


Codification of medical evaluation and management services in psychotherapy 
Consistent treatment of all applicants for state medical Llicensure  
Discrimination against person with previous psychiatric treatment 
Ensuring access to an appropriate utilization of psychiatric services for the elderly
Newborn infant adoptions
Relationship between treatment and self help 
Religious persecution and genocide 
Vision, mission, values and goals of the Association 


Bill of rights: principles for the provision of mental health and substance abuse treatment services 


Any willing physician statement 
Ethical use of telemedicine 
Guidelines for handling the transfer of provider networks 
Medical psychotherapy
Patient-physician covenant  
Substance related disorders 
Training needs in addiction psychiatry 


Abuse and misuse of psychiatry  
Elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation  
Psychiatrists from underrepresented groups in leadership roles 
Resolution opposing any restriction on the number of IMG's entering graduate medical training 
Use of psychiatric institutions for the commitment of political dissenters 


Domestic violence against women  
Driving ability, Role of psychiatrists in assessing
Homicide prevention and gun control
Human rights abuses, Denial of
Resolution condemning the role of Psychiatrist Radovan Karadzic in human rights abuses in the former Yugoslavia
TV violence


Bias-related incidents
HIV and discrimination
Human rights 
Sexual harassment 


Child abuse and neglect by adults 
Day care for preschool children  
Peer review of expert testimony
Right to privacy (reproductive issues and adult consensual sexual relations)


School-based health clinics 
Use of stigma as a political tactic 


Corporal punishment in schools  
Psychiatric hospitalization of children and adolescents


Psychiatric services in jails and prisons  


Joint resolution against torture 


Employment-related psychiatric examinations 


Confidentiality of medical records: physician right to privacy concerning his/her own health records 
Separation of children and adolescents from adult patients in state mental hospitals 
Substance abuse  
Use of addictive medications with terminally ill patients 


Active Treatment 
Chronic mental patient, A call to action for the


Affirmative action
Discrimination against persons with previous psychiatric treatment


Desegregation of hospitals for the mentally ill and retarded  
Minority psychiatrists, training of 


Long-term mental hospital facilities, the need to maintain


Antisubstitution laws and regulations  
Family planning


Political dissenters, Use of psychiatric institutions for the commitment of


Hospital privileges for psychologists 


Drugs, generic versus proprietary