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PSYCHOLOGISTS TO HOLD BRIEFING IN TORONTO TO DISCUSS CLINTON ADMINISTRATION'S REFORM PLAN

    On Friday, Aug. 20, psychology leaders attending the annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Toronto will host a media briefing on the current proposals for mental health coverage contained within the Clinton administration's health care reform plan and their potential impact on U.S. consumers.  The briefing is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Norfolk Room at the Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen St. West in downtown Toronto.
    The briefing will be conducted by a panel of experts who will not only outline various mental health benefits being considered as part of a reformed U.S. health care system, but will also explain how mental health services can be structured to be cost-effective and accessible to more consumers.  The briefing will be conducted informally, and reporters attending will be able to interact with and ask questions of the participants.
    The participants will include:
    -- Russ Newman, Ph.D., J.D., executive director for professional practice, APA, will act as moderator and will give an overview of the briefing agenda.
    -- Bryant L. Welch, J.D., Ph.D., senior policy adviser on health care reform, APA, will outline the various mental health proposals being considered by the Clinton administration and will discuss solutions to current "waste and want" in the system.  He also will discuss the successful application of APA's proposal for a restructured mental health delivery system at a large telecommunications company.
    -- Ronald E. Bachman, director, Coopers and Lybrand, will discuss the accounting firm's actuarial-based model that can be used for a mental health benefit that provides access and quality while remaining cost effective.
    -- Donna Daley, assistant executive director, government relations, APA, will talk about expected congressional reaction to the Clinton plan and possible outcomes in that arena.
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    CONTACT:  Lynette Ciervo or Kelly Kennai, 202-336-5898, or Cindy Yeast, 416-597-1400 (in Toronto, Aug. 17-22), all of the American Psychological Association.
    PRNewswire -- Aug. 13 CO:  AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION IN:  HEA SU:  EXE


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