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Why Legislators Need to Hear from Psychiatrists: Evoking Change at the State and Local Level


Free for Members; $150 Non-Members
1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

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The Washington Psychiatric Society is pleased to offer “Why Legislators Need to Hear from Psychiatrists: Evoking Change at the State and Local Level.” As state policymakers work to address the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that they hear from psychiatrists to fully understand how their legislative proposals can impact the way that patients get the care they need. The workshop is intended to provide psychiatrists interested in engaging their policymakers with an overview of the legislative process, effective advocacy strategies, and the resources available to APA members. At the end of the workshop, attendees will be equipped to be an effective advocate for psychiatry and patients in need of treatment in their state.


Time Presentation
7:pm Welcome and Introduction
Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, FAPA, President
7:15 – 8:15 pm Speakers:
Kathy Orellana, Regional Director,
APA Department of Government Relations
Erin Phillip, MA, JD
Director State Government Relations APA Department of Government Relations


At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the legislative process and the fundamentals of advocacy;
  • Discuss how to be an advocate for psychiatry and patients in need of mental health and/or substance use treatment; and
  • Outline a plan to engage local policymakers.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation require-ments and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Washington Psychi-atric Society. The APA is accredited by the ACC-ME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychiatric Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Committee Members: Matt Rudorfer, MD, chair; Ann Marie Dietrich, MD; Colleen Blanch-field, MD; Ann Horst, MD; Ifeanyl Olele, DO

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