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State Advocacy Conference

State Advocacy Conference 2020

With state legislatures increasingly focused on legislation affecting mental health and access to care, this is a crucial time for APA members to learn more about the state legislative process and important advocacy topics.

To purchase access to the conference video recordings, please email [email protected]

  • September 26, 2020
  • Noon - 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Virtual; Details TBA
  • $50 Registration Fee; $25 for Residents

The State Advocacy Conference will focus on developing effective legislative strategies and tactics to engage legislators on the many challenges facing psychiatry and mental health at the state level. Attendees will be equipped to engage lawmakers on legislation impacting state mental health care policies.


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Noon - 5:00p.m.

We are currently receiving confirmations from invited speakers; please check back often as session information and conference resources will be updated below.

Session One welcomes participants and features state legislators who will emphasize the importance of tying advocacy issues to compelling patient stories, concise messaging, and clear legislative goals and requests.

SESSION TWO focuses on the quickly changing telemedicine landscape and how these transformations will impact the future of psychiatry and patient access to care. This panel also explores APA's advocacy efforts at the state level to retain some of the current expansions in telemedicine, and explain how APA members can get involved in this process.

SESSION THREE frames the relevance of psychiatry to social and racial justice through the lens of state and local action. We explore how various communities are leaning into racial equity and health disparities in relation to access to psychiatric care. This session introduces us to current actions and is a springboard for future discussions.

SESSION FOUR features Tim Storey, Executive Director of the National Conference of State Legislators who provides an exciting overview of upcoming November elections, focused on the implications the elections could have for states.

The American Psychiatric Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Questions? Contact APA's Department of Government Relations at [email protected].

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