Four times a year, APA's Planning Advisory Service publishes a new PAS Report with guidance on current issues and innovative practices.

The cover of PAS Report 593: Planning With Diverse Communities.

Planning With Diverse Communities

PAS Report 593

The United States is becoming more diverse, bringing both opportunities and challenges. The latest PAS Report offers the information and tools planners need to better engage people of color in planning processes and improve quality of life for all in ethnically and racially diverse communities.

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Historic Reports

PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. To celebrate this history, each month we'll present a new report from the archives. We hope you enjoy these fascinating snapshots of planning issues of yesteryear.

Community Mental Health Centers

Information Report No. 223, June 1967

For much of the 19th and early 20th centuries those with mental disabilities or psychiatric issues were sent to state-run mental institutions or hospitals, but a new model for treatment began to emerge in the mid-20th century. This month's historic PAS report offers guidance on how to plan and zone for these new psychiatric treatment facilities.

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We’re always looking for authors to write or update PAS Reports on a variety of planning topics. Visit the archive to see the list of all past reports. If you have an idea for a PAS Report, please contact Ann Dillemuth at