American Psychiatric Association (APA)
The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world's largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing growing membership of more than 35,000 psychiatrists.
Vision 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