Statement of Principles
Most patients who seek mental health treatment have chronic, recurring symptoms that require ongoing availability of treatment. Clinical experience and research demonstrate that psychotherapy is effective, cost-effective and can provide a cost-offset in decreased overall medical expenses, morbidity, mortality and disability. Insurance companies evade the legal requirement to cover treatment of mental illness at parity with other medical conditions by applying inaccurate proprietary definitions of medical necessity and by imposing utilization review procedures that block access to ongoing care. The standard for reimbursement of other medical conditions is support for the continuation of effective treatment until meaningful recovery and therefore must also be the standard for mental health care as required by the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) .
Susan G. Lazar, M.D., Chair
Meiram Bendat, J.D., Ph.D.
Glen Gabbard, M.D.
Kenneth Levy, Ph.D.
Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D.
Eric Plakun, M.D.
Jonathan Shedler, Ph.D.
Frank Yeomans, M.D., Ph.D.
The American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis
American Psychoanalytic Association
Association for Positive Psychiatry of Canada
Austen Riggs Center
Boulder Psychotherapists Guild
The Children's Psychological Health Center, Inc.
Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research
Emmett Counseling & Psychiatric Services
Institute of Medicine of Chicago
International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology
The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis, United States Chapter (ISPS-US)
The Kennedy Forum
Learning to be Human
Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis
Psychiatry with Care
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, New York
Psychotherapy Action Network
The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics
Splaun Psychotherapy, PLLC
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