APA Organization Documents and Policies

View APA’s Bylaws, Operations Manual, policies and other organizational documents below.

Bylaws

APA's Bylaws provide the framework for its operation. The Bylaws outline the purpose of APA and define the authority of the Board of Trustees, officers, councils, and other organizational bodies.

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Operations Manual

The Operation Manual — in accordance with the Bylaws — serves as a guide for implementation of policies and procedures.

The Operations Manual defines the structure and procedures of APA’s:

  • governing bodies
  • components
  • membership
  • finances
  • meetings
  • publications
  • liaisons
  • corporate affiliates
  • central office

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Library and Archives

Access task force reports, resource documents, manuscripts and conference publications.

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Action Paper Central

The Action Item Tracking System tracks the status of governance actions (including action papers and position statements) through the Assembly, Joint Reference Committee, and Board of Trustees.

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Disclosure of Interest Policy

APA believes that maximum transparency regarding participants’ affiliations and interests is critically important and in the best interests of the Association. APA has adopted policies regarding disclosure of interests and affiliations and potential conflicts of interest. These procedures are followed to ensure the integrity of APA’s policies, positions, publications, and other programs and services.

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Learn About Ethics and How to Report an Ethics Complaint

All APA members are bound by the ethics code of the medical profession, specifically defined in the Principles of Medical Ethics of the American Medical Association and in APA’s Principles of Medical Ethics With Annotations Especially Applicable to Psychiatry.

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Strategic Plan

APA's Board of Trustees approved the following recommendations of the Ad Hoc Work Group on Strategic Planning at the Board's March 2015 meeting.

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Annual and Financial Reports

View APA's previous annual and financial reports.

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May
2017
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2017 Annual Meeting
  • San Diego, Calif.
  • Sat,  May  20 - Wed,  May  24
Oct
2017
19
2017 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference
  • New Orleans, La.
  • Thur,  Oct  19 - Sun,  Oct  22
May
2018
05
2018 Annual Meeting
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Sat,  May  05 - Wed,  May  09