The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is an organization of physicians who specialize in the practice of psychiatry. It was founded in 1844 to address diagnostic and treatment concerns regarding persons with mental disorders and now includes care for those with intellectual disabilities and substance disorders as well.
The APA provides its members with various resources targeting such areas of professional concern as:
- ethics and conduct
- psychiatric treatment practices
- advocacy for standards of care and patient rights
- educational opportunities for physicians