Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation in Mental Health and Social Justice

Ortho was founded in 1924 by a small group of individuals with a shared interest in providing a common meeting ground for those engaged in the study and treatment of problems in human behavior. To reflect the interdisciplinary approach of the organization and their work, such as redirecting youth development in a positive direction, they combined the prefix "Ortho" (from the Greek "to straighten") with "psychiatry." Today, Ortho continues to attract professionals from psychology, psychiatry, social work, sociology, nursing, and law who are concerned about the application of mental health research to the creation of humane social policy, the improvement of mental health practice in a manner consistent with human rights, and the prevention of mental health problems.   

May is Mental Health Month! 

Ortho supports Mental Health Month, which seeks to decrease stigma associated with mental illness and increase emphasis on research related to recovery. With an understanding that mental well-being is just as important as physical well-being, Ortho encourages members to share information and support with all affected by mental illness. 



Policy News  

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Policy Committee!
Research Corner
  • Saddle Up, Montana: It's Time to Make Early Investments in Kids-- Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 
  • Health Care for Veterans: Suicide Prevention: The Veterans Health Administration's approach, including surveillance, risk & protective factors, & interventions-- Congressional Research Service
  • A Long Road Ahead: Achieving True Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Care-- NAMI
  • The Nurture EffectHow the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World-- Tony Biglan, PhD
  • Intersecting Inequalities: Research to reduce inequalities for immigrant-origin children and families-- William T. Grant Foundation


What's Happening in Congress
  • Breaking Addiction Act (H.R. 1988)
  • Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act (H.R. 1854)
  • Promise Neighborhoods Authorization Act (S. 514)
  • Mental Health First Act (S. 711)
  • Mental Health in Schools Act  (H.R. 1211)
  • Medical Evaluation Parity for Service members Act (S. 646)
  • Protecting and Retaining Our Children's Health Insurance Program Act (S. 522)
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (H.R. 1779)







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