Action Center

Links to APA State Advocacy Resources
Action Alert
Please note this is only a select list of resources. Please contact your APA Regional Director for more information.


Information to Help with Coalition Building (Including within your District Branch)

APA Members in Leadership Roles (APA Board,  Assembly, and Components by State)

District Branches & State Associations Contact Information 


Trends in State Legislatures for 2022

Quorum: Trends in State Legislatures 2022


Scope of Practice & Patient Safety

Many of the tools below are designed to be used for a variety of patient safety issues, including opposing psychologist prescribing and scope expansion legislation from nurse practitioners and physician assistants. APA staff have more talking points, letters, and testimony to assist with this kind of legislation. Please contact Erin Philp at ephilp@psych.org to discuss specific items for your state. 

APA Safe Rx Prescribing Webpage

APA Fact Sheet on Safe Prescribing

2022 National Polling on Safe Prescribing

State Specific Social Media Graphics on Safe Prescribing

State Specific Fact Sheets on Safe Prescribing

APA Position Statement on Safe Prescribing

GAO Report: Need for More Prescribing Psychologists is Not Adequately Justified

Washington State Department of Health Sunrise Review (DOH found that prescribing psychologists did not have adequate training to prescribe safely)

77 FR 69062 (Medicare does not recognize clinical psychologists to bill E/M services)

APRNs: Don’t Remove Patient Safety Requirements

Articles from Psychologists Opposed to Psychologist Prescribing Privileges:

Prescriptive authority: Psychologists’ abridged training relative to other professions’ training

Psychologists and Medications in the Era of Interprofessional Care: Collaboration Is Less Problematic and Costly Than Prescribing


988 Crisis Response

Implementing 988

Reimagine Crisis Coalition Website

State Map of 988 Legislative Activity

CMS Memo RE: Medicaid Guidance on the Scope of and Payments for Qualifying Community-Based Mobile Crisis Intervention Services 

Vibrant’s data on call volume during 988’s rollout 

As Launch of 988 Mental Health Crisis Number Looms, NAMI Poll Finds Broad Support for the System and Fees to Fund It, Opposition to Police Response to Mental Health Crises

988 Frequently Asked Questions | SAMHSA


Collaborative Care Model (CoCM)

APA Model CoCM Legislation for States

APA CoCM Handout for Legislators

APA Position Statement on Integrated Care

Blue Cross Blue Shield Slides in Support of CoCM

Dr. Tynes’ Testimony Before Louisiana House of Representatives (begins at 49-minute mark)

Shatterproof’s White Paper: Medicaid & Collaborative Care for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health

AMA End the Epidemic: Collaborative care model normalizes mental health and addiction treatment in primary care

University of Washington AIMS Center: Building the Business Case for Team-Based Integrated Care 

The Effectiveness of Collaborative Care on Depression Outcomes for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations in Primary Care: A Systematic Review

An Economic Analysis of the Implementation of Team-based Collaborative Care in Outpatient General Mental Health Clinics

Treating the Perinatal Population in the Collaborative Care Model


Mental Health Parity

APA State Model Parity Legislation

Mental Health Parity Infographic

NAIC Letter on MHPAEA Enforcement Grants (naic.org)

2022 MHPAEA Report to Congress: Realizing Parity, Reducing Stigma, and Raising Awareness: Increasing Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Coverage 

Mental Health Care: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (to educate general public about Mental Health Parity)


Prior Authorization

APA State Model Legislation Reforming Prior Authorization

APA Prior Authorization Infographic

2021 AMA Prior Authorization Physician Survey

AMA Model Legislation on Prior Authorization Transparency

AMA Fix Prior Auth Campaign



APA Model Telehealth Legislation

APA Position Statement on Telemedicine in Psychiatry

APA Telehealth Handout

APA Telepsychiatry Toolkit

Center for Connected Health Policy State Policies Chart


Gun Violence Response

APA Position Statement on Firearm Access, Acts of Violence and the Relationship to Mental Illness and Mental Health Services

APA Position Statement on Homicide Prevention and Gun Control

American Academy of Pediatrics Advocacy on Extreme Risk Protection Orders (includes map of state laws) 

Health Affairs Brief: Mass Shootings In The United States: Population Health Impacts And Policy Levers

Everytown For Gun Safety Gun Violence Continuum


Advocacy on Medical Licensure

Position Statement on Inquiries about Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders in Connection with Professional Credentialing and Licensing


Psychedelic and Empathogenic Agents

APA Position Statement on the Use of Psychedelic and Empathogenic Agents for Mental Health Conditions

APA Letter Opposing Oregon Ballot Initiative to Non-Medical Clinician Administration of Psilocybin

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