Testifying on behalf of APA, Dr. Joel A. Dvoskin told the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Oversight and
Investigations that Congress should ensure insurance coverage for suicide prevention services.
Suicide prevention is a top White House priority
A new suicide prevention app, a faith-based prevention
campaign and more than $99 million in mental health grants
were among the federal efforts highlighted at a White House
briefing on mental health and suicide prevention on Sept. 22.
The event featured updates on federal suicide prevention
initiatives from National Institutes of Health Director Francis
Collins, MD, PhD, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Pamela Hyde, JD,
and other administration officials.
APA Chief Executive Officer Norman B. Anderson, PhD
was invited to attend the briefing and had the opportunity to
continue the discussion with Hyde and senior SAMHSA staff
at APA several days later. “The array of suicide prevention
activities in the federal government is impressive, and
psychologists play important roles in many of these programs,”
Anderson said after the meetings.
SAMHSA’s new “Now Is the Time” mental health grants,
for example, will support training of mental health providers,