- American Psychiatric Association

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APA's Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals


The American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.


The mission of the American Psychiatric Association is to

promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental illness, including substance use disorders, and their families
promote psychiatric education and research
advance and represent the profession of psychiatry
serve the professional needs of its membership


Best standards of clinical practice
Highest ethical standards of professional conduct
Prevention, access, care and sensitivity for patients and compassion for their families
Patient-focused treatment decisions
Scientifically established principles of treatment
Advocacy for patients
Lifelong professional learning
Collegial support
Respect for diverse views and pluralism within the field and the association
Respect for other health professionals


To promote the rights and best interests of patients and those actually or potentially making use of psychiatric services for mental illness, including substance use disorders.

To improve access to and quality of psychiatric services.
To improve research into all aspects of mental illness, including causes, prevention, and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
To improve psychiatric education and training.
To promote optimal conditions for practice and career satisfaction.
To foster collaboration among all who are concerned with medical, psychological, socio-cultural and legal aspects of mental health and illness.
To improve functioning of the APA in the service of its mission.

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