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About the American Psychiatric Association (APA)

The American Psychiatric Association (APA), founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing more than 33,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world.

Its member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders.  APA is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. 

The mission of the APA is to:

  • Promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental disorders (including intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders) and their families;
  • Promote psychiatric education and research; advance and represent the profession of psychiatry; and
  • Serve the professional needs of its membership.

To view a power point about how the APA supports and advocates for its members, the profession, and its patients, click here.

To view a brochure about the APA, click here.

Joining the APA...

When you join the APA, you become part of a member organization of 36,000 physicians who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental health. For over 165 years, the APA has provided the tools and resources to nurture and preserve the profession. The APA unites psychiatrists from around the world and brings together practice, education, and research at all levels. As the largest psychiatric membership organization in the world, we are dedicated to promoting the highest quality care for patients, providing continuing education and research into mental health, and advocating for psychiatrists and their profession.

To join the APA, click here.

Membership benefits:

APA members have access to many benefits available to psychiatrists, including:

Advocacy – APA is making a difference for our profession and patients through strong, consistent advocacy at the local and national level, educating policy makers, purchasers, the media and the public about mental health.

The Latest Research and Clinical Studies  Membership includes The American Journal of Psychiatry, the nation’s leading publication for psychiatrists, and Psychiatric News, APA’s bi-monthly newspaper that offers the latest developments on psychiatry related topics, such as health care, service delivery, Medicare/Medicaid and international news.  Receive daily APA "Headlines,"  a summary of mental health related news appearing in  the mainstream press. 

Resources for You and Your Practice  Members are eligible to participate in the APA-endorsed members- only professional liability insurance program administered by American Professional Agency, Inc.  Members also have access to valuable practice tools from the APA such as the Practice Management HandbookPractice Management Help LineMedicare Service Center, and CPT Coding Service.  In January 2013, CPT codes will be changing! The APA will be at the forefront to provide members with valuable resources to assist them in the transition.  

Networking and Professional Development  Access numerous networking opportunities through the District Branches and State Associations, specialty list-servs, discussion forums, newsletters, and meetings, and through our social media networks within Facebook, LinkedIn (members only) and Twitter.  Opportunities for professional growth include CME programs, fellowships, scholarships, travel awards, research funding and more.

Lifelong Learning and Continuing Medical Education (CME) – APA Members save on registration at both theAnnual Meeting and the Institute on Psychiatric Services, APA’s educational conference on public and community psychiatry. Members also have access to online CME, including practice guideline courses which are offered at a 50% discount and FREE Performance in Practice (PIP) Physician Practice Assessment Tools to fulfill MOC Part 4 requirements.

Receive Discounts on Quality Services for you and your practice with these additional benefits:

• Exclusive savings on auto and home insurance through Liberty Mutual.
• Credit card programs and other financial services through Bank of America.
• Financial and retirement planning with Merrill Lynch. 
• Group discounts on credit card processing from Solveras Payment Solutions
• Receive drug and patient safety alerts securely online through Health Care Notification Network 
• Car rental discounts with Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz and National.
• Discounted Magazine Subscriptions.
• Discounts on Penny-Wise Office Products. 
• Valuable discounts on select FedEx Shipping Services
• Clinical reference applications at the point of care through Epocrates.

Online career search and recruitment through APA Job Central.
• Money-saving legal consultation from APA’s Legal Information & Consultation Plan 
(separate fee.)