- Twenty-three mental health organizations co-signed a letter urging fashion designer Kenneth Cole to remove a stigmatizing billboard in New York City. Read the letter here.
- On Sept. 21, arguments were heard in APA’s pending lawsuit against Anthem, Inc. The case, being heard in the US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, concerns parity for mental health care.
- On Sept. 29, APA received an award to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. APA will receive up to $2.9 million over four years to train a network of practicing psychiatrists throughout the U.S. in clinical and leadership skills needed to support primary care practices implementing integrated behavioral health programs. View the APA’s news release here.
Mark Your Calendar
- Mental Health Awareness Observances—October
- ADHD Awareness Month
- National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 8)
- World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10)
- Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 11-17)
- Oct. 1: transition to ICD-10 codes (see your DSM-5 for correct coding)
- Oct. 8-11: IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference
- Oct. 23-25: State Advocacy Leadership Conference
- Oct. 30: APA Assembly Meeting
ICD-10 Coding Transition Now in Effect
Effective Oct. 1, all HIPAA-covered entities must now use ICD-10 codes. The new codes are listed in the DSM-5, along with the ICD-9 coding. More information about the switch to ICD-10, including a brief tutorial video, is available on the APA website.
APA Responds to Kenneth Cole Billboard
Mental health organizations and advocates joined together in September to ask fashion design Kenneth Cole to replace a billboard that stigmatized people with mental illness. As part of a #givestigmatheboot social media campaign, APA delivered a letter cosigned by 22 other groups that urged Cole to take down his billboard immediately. You can see the billboard in question, and read the letter here.
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith to Deliver Keynote Speech at IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference
Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at City College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and at the Graduate Center, CUNY, will deliver the keynote address at IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference on Oct. 8. Dr. Akinsulure-Smith’s speech will focus on the impact that the trauma of war and forced migration can have on the mental health of children and their families. You can read APA President Renee Binder’s blog post announcing her as keynote speaker here.
APA Sends Letter to DOJ Voicing Concerns on Insurance Mergers
APA has sent a letter to the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division voicing concerns about potential mergers between Anthem, Inc. and Cigna, as well as Aetna and Humana. If approved, the mergers would consolidate four of the nation’s five largest insurers into two companies. A recent blog post by APA President Renee Binder, M.D., and CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., breaks down the ways in which these mergers will have a negative impact on patients.