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AAEP Announces the 12th Annual 'NUBE' Conference
National Update on Behavioral Emergencies

December 9-10, 2021
Renaissance Hotel, Las Vegas

American Association for Emergency Psychiatry invites you to join us for our 12th Annual NUBE Conference on December 9-10, 2021 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel.

Visit the NUBE Conference website for more information and to register! 

NUBE Conference Website

Call for Presenters

The AAEP conference planning team is looking for dynamic, engaging, and knowledgeable presenters for the annual National Update on Behavioral Emergencies Conference.

If you are interested, please find more information here. 
(Deadline to submit is Aug. 27)


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What is Emergency Psychiatry?

Emergency Psychiatry is the clinical application of psychiatry in emergency settings. Conditions requiring psychiatric interventions may include attempted suicide, substance abuse, depression, psychosis, violence or other rapid changes in behavior. The AAEP sponsors educational programs and provides a network of experts to address clinical, educational, administrative, research and legal programs for the diverse disciplines involved in emergency psychiatry.
The American Association for Emergency Psychiatry is a multidisciplinary organization that serves as the voice of emergency mental health. The membership includes directors of psychiatric emergency services and emergency departments, psychiatrists, emergency physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physician assistants, educators and other professionals involved in emergency psychiatry.

We are champions for the advancement of evidence based, compassionate care for behavioral emergencies through research, education, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Association News & Updates

American Association of Emergency Psychiatry Statement on Armed Responses within Emergency Departments

RELEASE DATE: April 22, 2021

Last week, a patient died in the context of an armed response by security and law enforcement within a medical emergency department (Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio).

The emergency department is a critical intersection of health care and law enforcement. Security is essential for patients and staff. No staff should worry about a shooting in their workplace; no patient should worry about being shot by police.

Hospital and public safety administrators, as well as law enforcement and emergency medical teams, need to collaborate to ensure safety. The Emergency Department is the area of the hospital most likely to be faced with situations involving firearms, and it is incumbent upon health systems and the professionals it employs to prepare, plan, and process for such unfortunate occasions. The decision to have armed security within an Emergency Department is not one without controversy and complications for either direction. It is paramount for the hospital involved to prepare staff with significant investment to hiring appropriate staff, training them in all best practices (including non-armed interventions), and preparing policies and procedures.

The use of law enforcement should not preclude the initial intervention of medical professionals looking to clinically address agitation (as an emergency medical condition) and related target symptoms. By tending to these tenets, there is a greater likelihood of not only being prepared for such events but also minimizing overall risk.


Tony Thrasher, D.O., DFAPA (AAEP President)
Jack Rozel, M.D., MSL (AAEP Past President)
Junji Takeshita, M.D. (AAEP President Elect) 

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Emergency Psychiatry:
The Journal of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry

Emergency Psychiatry is intended to be a forum for the exchange of multidisciplinary ideas. Manuscripts are welcomed that deal with the interfaces of emergency psychiatry. This includes psychiatric evaluation of individuals in the emergency room setting, education and training in the field and research into causes, and treatment of behavioral problems. Manuscripts are evaluated for style, clarity, consistency, and suitability.

All articles represent the opinions of the authors and not those of the Association. Except where specifically stated, published articles are not official statements of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry.

Manuscripts are considered for publication with the understanding that their essential substance has not been published previously and has not been submitted simultaneously to other publications.

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AAEP is a Proud Affiliate of: 

AAEP represents a multidisciplinary professional membership by:

  • Developing standards to promote excellence in care;
  • Educating the public and health professionals about crisis and emergency mental health care;
  • Encouraging research in all aspects of crisis and emergency psychiatric care;
  • Promoting training and the continuing education of health professionals working in crisis and emergency care settings; and
  • Providing opportunities for fellowship among its members.