APA CEO Points to Psychiatry's Role in Fighting Homeles
APA CEO Points to Psychiatry's Role in Fighting Homelessness
Dr. Sridhar Yaratha provides outpatient psychiatric care through Gateway Homes in Chesterfield, Virginia. Active in his field, Dr. Sridhar Yaratha belongs to several professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association.

The world’s leading psychiatric organization, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) represents more than 38,500 members across the globe. In May of 2019, APA celebrated its 175th anniversary at its Annual Meeting, which opened with an address by its CEO and medical director, Dr. Saul Levin.

In his address, Dr. Levin provided an overview of the five-day meeting and highlighted APA’s achievements in the preceding year. While noting the organization’s progress in responding to the diverse challenges facing the US medical system, he acknowledged several areas in which the field of psychiatry must improve.

Dr. Levin specifically discussed the public health crisis of homelessness, an issue particularly prevalent in the Annual Meeting’s host city of San Francisco. Recalling a speech at the recent Indian Psychiatric Society meeting in which Dr. Bharat Vatwani touched on the connection between homelessness and mental illness in the South Asian country, he shared the speaker’s plea for physicians and the community at large to recognize and care for individuals dealing with these dual problems.

Dr. Levin, however, remained optimistic about psychiatry’s ability to address this crisis in the United States. Looking ahead to APA’s 200th and 225th anniversaries, he envisioned a future in which today’s new and aspiring psychiatrists will have played a role in making the population of “wandering mentally ill destitute," as Dr. Vatwani had called them, all but nonexistent.
APA CEO Points to Psychiatry's Role in Fighting Homeles
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