Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation in Mental Health and Social Justice
Welcome to the American Orthopsychiatric Association!
Ortho was founded in 1924 by a small group of individuals with a shared interest in uniting and providing a common meeting ground for those engaged in the study and treatment of problems of human behavior. To reflect the interdisciplinary approach of the organization and the actual work with which they were concerned, they combined the prefix "Ortho" (from the Greek "to straighten") with "psychiatry." Today, Ortho continues to attract professionals from psychology, psychiatry, social work, sociology, nursing, and law who are concerned about the application of mental health research to the creation of humane social policy, the improvement of mental health practice in a manner consistent with the public interest, and the prevention of mental health problems.
Children's Mental Health Awareness Week - May 4-10, 2014
The April NewsBlast from the Washington Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association is available now read more
Ortho co-signs letter supporting demonstration project to encourage states and tribes to provide evidence-based psychosocial interventions to children and youth in foster care and to reduce the inappropriate use and over-prescription of psychotropic medications for this population read more
Ortho co-sponsoring this year's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week Legislative Briefing
The Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) has launched a new database and library to assist injury and violence scientists and practitioners read more
Ortho co-signs letter supporting the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act, S 2231/HR 4305
Ortho participates in IOM Workshop: Strategies for Scaling Tested and Effective Family-Focused Preventive Interactions to Promote Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health read more