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September 30 - October 01, 2016
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Mississippi Exec Angela Ladner with friends and members pausing for the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hot chocolate provided by the hotel each night! Yummy!!
Dr. Dean Robinson receives special thanks from the membership for two great years of service as President
Dr. Lee Stevens is given appreciation for his service as Past President
Dr. Lee Michals receives LSU Shreveport Excellence in Psychiatry Award for Graduating Residents-Fellows
Dr. Jill McCall is awarded the Resident-Fellow LSU New Orleans Excellence in Psychiatry Award
Dr. Veronique Haymon receives the Tulane Resident-Fellow Excellence in Psychiatry Award
Not pictured is Dr. Jason Boudreaux who received the Resident-Fellow LSU Baton Rouge Excellence in Psychiatry Award. Congratulations to all!
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APA President, U.S. Senators Call for Continued Support for Mental Health Reform
A bipartisan group of senators welcomed APA President Maria Oquendo, M.D., and other mental health experts to Capitol Hill yesterday as part of an ongoing effort to pass the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S.2680) before the end of the year.
“As a nation we have failed to meet the needs of Americans with mental illness,” Oquendo told senators and advocates gathered for the event. “We have a fragmented delivery and reimbursement system, we deal with workforce shortages and obsolete regulations, and we face the enduring stigma surrounding mental illness. As a nation we must do better and we can do better.”
The Mental Health Reform Act would improve access to care by increasing the number of providers, disseminating the best scientific research, integrating physical and mental health care, and bolstering coordination among federal mental health agencies, said bill coauthor Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).
His colleague and coauthor from across the aisle, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), described the step-by-step process of gathering support among fellow senators, including eight Democratic and eight Republican cosponsors, to move the bill closer to passage.
“The Act is the first attempt in the House and the Senate to take a holistic look at a broken system,” said Murphy. “We assessed the problem as being three-fold: a lack of resources, a lack of coordination, and a lack of focus on this continuing stigma.”
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