RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


DSM-V Draft Released for Review and Comment
February 11, 2009

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is revising the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), with DSM-V to be the new version. A draft of the proposed changes, content, and conditions still under review and consideration is available online at www.dsm5.org. Clinical professionals are encouraged to review the draft material and provide comment by April 20.

PCPA members have increasingly discussed concerns regarding the DSM relative to substance use disorders, behavioral health issues related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, early childhood behavioral and relationship disorders and other conditions. Clinical leaders and professionals in the community behavioral health field now have the opportunity to review, discuss, and offer comment to the APA on the proposed changes.


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