PRA helps educate the Administration, Members of Congress and governmental agencies on the concepts of recovery, the benefits of community integration, and the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation to ensure federal laws, regulations, and funding support recovery-oriented practices, eliminate discrimination and stigma, and improve the delivery of mental health services. PRA has played an important role in the American with Disabilities Act, the Ticket to Work program, SAMHSA reauthorization, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and health care reform legislation. PRA members can help advance PRA’s legislative agenda by responding to action alerts and contacting their Members of Congress on important issues.

Letters to Members of Congress

Whether drafted in conjunction with one of the many coalitions in which PRA participates or written independently, letters help inform Members of Congress on issues important to recovery.

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PRA Congressional Awards

Each year, PRA honors elected officials who have worked tirelessly on Capitol Hill.
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Congressional Links & Resources

Find everything you need related to psychiatric
rehabilitation advocacy issues, including information on the recent Health Care Reform legislation.

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Public Policy Updates

Public Policy Updates are included in each quarterly issue of PsyR Connections .

Position Statements

PRA believes that mental health services should be person-centered, recovery-oriented, and readily available within the community. They should promote self-determination and empowerment, and convey hope and respect. Learn More



2013 PRA Capitol Hill Day 

Capitol Hill Day is one of USPRA's most important and effective events during which time 500-plus wellness advocates spread the word to Members of Congress about the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation to ensure federal laws, regulations and funding support recovery-oriented services.  Join us September 16-17, 2013 on the Hill. Learn more





Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Awards "Congressional Leadership Awards for 2011

On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Representative Shelley Berkley (R-NV) received the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s Congressional Award. Senator Cardin was recognized for his efforts to ensure that affordable, quality health insurance coverage is available for both children and adults. Representative Berkley was honored for her work in enhancing the availability of mental health services for America’s veterans.



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