The mission of the American Psychiatric Association is to promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental illness, including substance use disorders, and their families; promote psychiatric education and research; advance and represent the profession of psychiatry; and to serve the professional needs of its membership.
To promote the rights and best interests of patients and those actually or potentially making use of psychiatric services for mental illness, including substance use disorders. To improve access to and quality of psychiatric services. To improve research into all aspects of mental illness, including causes, prevention, and treatment of psychiatric disorders. To improve psychiatric education and training. To promote optimal conditions for practice and career satisfaction. To foster collaboration among all who are concerned with medical, psychological, socio-cultural and legal aspects of mental health and illness. And finally, to improve functioning of the APA in the service of its mission.