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The NYSPA Report: American Psychiatric Association Approaches to Social Determinants of Mental Health

The year 2020 refocused our attention on the social determinants of mental health. From structural racism to economic insecurity to healthcare disparities, people have become acutely aware of the insidious discrimination and losses that vulnerable individuals and communities have suffered. Rates of...

The NYSPA Report: Momentum Building for Comprehensive Mental Health Reform in Congress

More than three years after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School sparked a national conversation on issues related to mental illness and the prevention of violence to self and others, Congress is currently closer than any point in recent history to act on bipartisan, bicameral...

The NYSPA Report: The Need for an “Essential Health Benefits” Federal Floor

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in March 2010, health policy experts and health lawyers have been working around the clock to comprehend and respond to an unprecedented number of proposed and final regulations. Noticeably absent from a myriad of federal rules that have been...

The NYSPA Report: Achieving the Promise of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA, the Parity Act) ushered in a new era for health insurance coverage for mental health and substance use (mh/sud) disorders. The foundation for this was laid by the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996, and, significantly, the Patient...

The NYSPA Report – DSM-5: The Future Face of Psychiatry

Most people who walk into a psychiatrist’s office have never heard of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), and yet it is one of the most important and widely used texts in all of medicine. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 50 million...

NYSPA Report – Mental Health and Addiction Parity: Law and Regulations

On October 3, 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law H.R. 1424, which was known as the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. The law was more commonly referred to by the system it created, the Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP, which was used to stabilize the economy during the...