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MPA States Concerns for Potential St. Joseph's Hospital Closure

The Minnesota Psychological Association is deeply concerned about the potential closing of M Health Fairview - St Joseph’s Hospital in St Paul, MN. Loss of this facility would result in a 1/3 reduction in mental health and addiction beds in the city. Inpatient services for mental health and addiction are few. Loss of these beds would almost certainly trigger a crisis. Spillover into emergency rooms and jails would decrease patient care, increase the financial burden of taxpayers, and further criminalize and stigmatize mental health concerns. Further, health disparities would worsen for racial and ethnic minority communities, as over 70-80% of patients in mental health and addiction beds at St Joseph’s Hospital are on public insurance. St Joseph’s Hospital cares for a more diverse and poorer patient population than any other M Health Fairview Hospital. Fairview would be abandoning this population of patients while expanding care for White and more affluent patients in the suburbs. We ask that the Board of Directors for Fairview Health Services reflect on their espoused values of service and compassion and decide to maintain the mental health and addiction beds at St Joseph’s Hospital. 

NAMIWalk 2019

Thank you to the MPA team who participated in the NAMIWalk to raise awareness for mental illness and raise funds for the important work of NAMI! There were over 4,000 people at the walk and over $427,000 was raised to support NAMI's mission to provide education, support, and advocacy for people with mental illnesses.

Call for 2020 Continuing Education Event Proposals

The MPA Education and Training Committee is calling for continuing education event proposals to be held during the 2020 calendar year. The committee will begin reviewing proposals on Tuesday, August 13. 
Click here to submit a proposal online.

MPA Affirms the APA Statement on Expected Rule Eliminating 20-Day Limit on Detaining Immigrant Children

Decision is detrimental to children's mental health, says APA. Click here to read the full statement.


"Our condolences are with the families and friends of those killed or injured in these horrific shootings and with all Americans affected every day by the twin horrors of hate and gun violence.

“As our nation tries to process the unthinkable yet again, it is clearer than ever that we are facing a public health crisis of gun violence fueled by racism, bigotry and hatred. The combination of easy access to assault weapons and hateful rhetoric is toxic. Psychological science has demonstrated that social contagion — the spread of thoughts, emotions and behaviors from person to person and among larger groups — is real, and may well be a factor, at least in the El Paso shooting...

Click here to read the full statement.

MPA Has Your Back!

Worried about your professional future and the future of psychology? Want to make sure your voice is heard? MPA represents you and is the only organization in Minnesota protecting your professional interests.

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84th Annual MPA Conference

Information from APA OPCA Regarding "Accredited, Inactive" Status

The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (OPCA) has learned that questions have arisen about whether doctoral programs that are “accredited, inactive” hold an accredited status, and, also about what the term, teach-out in a program’s title may mean. Doctoral programs that hold an accredited, inactive status are accredited programs and typically are those that have decided to phase out and close and are no longer accepting students. A teach-out refers to a written plan that allows an institution to enroll students from a closed institution into equivalent programs so students can complete their course of study.
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Congratulations to our MPA Members who were Honored at the 2019 APA Convention

Dr. Gary Fischler and Dr. BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya received Fellow status at APA.

Dr. Bruce Bobbitt receiving the
APA Division 31 Psychologist
of the Year Award.

Dr. Kay Slama receiving the APA
Rural Health Award from
chair-elect of the APA Committee
on Rural Health

Click here to view more photos from the convention.


    Diversity Statement

    The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.