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What’s New at the APA

  • A new report from the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Psychiatric Bed Crisis in the U.S.: Understanding the Problem and Moving Toward Solutions, provides an assessment of the current problem of the lack of access to psychiatric beds and proposes a new model for estimating the needs within a community. The report is the work of the APA Presidential Task Force on Assessment of Psychiatric Bed Needs in the United States, created in 2020 by APA’s then-President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H., and led by APA Past President Anita Everett, M.D. You can read more and access the full psychiatric beds assessment report here.
  • A majority of American adults support schools playing a key role in mental health, whether through educating students about the topic, staff training, or connecting students to mental health support, according to APA’s most recent Health Minds Monthly public opinion poll.  Those polled also listed the impact of gun violence as a top concern as children return to school.  You can read more about the poll and see the full results here.

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