AAPA Statement on Mental Health Act
The Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) is pleased to announce its support and appreciation for the nation’s commitment to improve mental health services through the new legislation, “Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act”, introduced May 6, 2014 by Doris Matsui (CA-06), Ron Barber (AZ-2), Diana DeGette (CO-1), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), and Paul Tonko (NY-20). The bill identifies the need for comprehensive mental health care, specifically highlighting the need for critical mental health programs, prevention, training, research, and competent community-based services for at- risk and vulnerable populations. This bill would greatly benefit many Asian American communities who lack adequate mental health treatment due to the lack of bilingual providers and barriers to access appropriate services.
The AAPA urges Asian American consumers and providers treating various Asian American communities to participate on the Mental Health Advisory Board. Additionally, the AAPA supports increased training for culturally competent behavioral health professionals serving Asian American communities, as well as resources for the growing aging Asian American population.
AAPA Policy Committee