Coalition for Psychotherapy Parity

We are a coalition of mental health professional organizations, advocates and providers who support the appropriate clinical availability and reimbursement for psychotherapy.

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) .

Synopsis of the document

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Founding Members

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.

Member Organizations


The American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis

American Psychoanalytic Association

Association for Positive Psychiatry of Canada

Austen Riggs Center

Boulder Psychotherapists Guild

Chicago Therapy Collective

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

Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology: Division 39 of the American Psychological Association

Splaun Psychotherapy, PLLC

True Heights Treatment LLC



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Show your support for Psychotherapy Parity. Join today by becoming a signatory to the document, as an organization or individual, to be listed on the members page of this website.

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