FEDERATION OF TEXAS PSYCHIATRY
A United Voice for Texas Psychiatry
The Federation of Texas Psychiatry unites Texas' professional psychiatric organizations. Voting member organizations - the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, the Texas Academy of Psychiatry, and the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Associate member organizations - the Texas Foundation for Psychiatric Education and Research, the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association - together represent about 45,000 physicians in Texas united in advocacy for patients and quality psychiatric care.
SCENES AND COMMENTS FROM THE TEXAS SOCIETY OF PSYCHIATRIC PHYSICIANS
"I am a member because I believe we should organize and act collectively for the benefit of our patients and profession." James Kreisle, MD
"What I enjoy most from TSPP is fellowship with colleagues who come together from throughout the State of Texas, from a wide range of professional practice backgrounds, to share ideas and learn in community from one another." Melissa S. Deuter, MD
"What I value most from TSPP is service on committees that foster high quality patient care, service to community and service to the profession." Terry McMahon, MD
"The major strengths of TSPP are continued good quality programs, strong staff and physician leadership, and strong voice and influence with State government and the APA." Mitch Jones, MD
"I am a member because TSPP has been the glue that has helped me have connectivity with excellence in psychiatry." Lynda Parker, MD
"The major strength of TSPP is that it represents the highest in the ideals of being physicians and promoting care of our patients." Daniel Pearson, III, MD
"I am a member because I want to maintain ties to fellow psychiatrists, get CME and contribute to the legislative process to support the profession." Susan Thompson, MD
"The major strengths of TSPP are persistence and commitment to missions, legislative advocacy, and professional education." Joseph Burkett, MD
"I am a member because it's an inherent part of being a professional." Mark Jacobs, MD
"The major strengths of TSPP are its focus on legislative issues central to psychiatry and very well organized meetings." Tim Wolff, MD
"I am a member for multiple reasons: fellowship with colleagues, input on State laws, and practice standards that result in better care for our patients." Marie Kelly, MD
"I am a member because of TSPP's advocacy for psychiatry, education, and fellowship with colleagues. I believe membership is essential for our profession." Catherine Roberts, MD
I am a member because of pride in my profession and loyalty to my profession." Ray Faber, MD
To read The Federation's latest Newsletter, Texas Psychiatrist, click here.
The 2013 Texas Legislative Session
The Texas Legislature convened in January. It will be another challenging Session and the Federation and its member organizations will be heavily involved in monitoring legislation and educating legislators about psychiatric issues.
Member organizations of the Federation, the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, the Texas Academy of Psychiatry and the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, urge you to become involved in the political and legislative process to ensure that quality psychiatric care and patient safety are preserved and protected.
To assist in your involvement in the legislative process, bills of interest to psychiatry in the current Legislation Session may be viewed by clicking here.
Political ActionPolitics is all about relationships -- "In politics, familiarity doesn't breed contempt. It breeds votes." (Paul Lazarsfeld). The Federation has encouraged all psychiatrists to get to know their elected representatives through its Political Action Task Force, launched during each election cycle. The focus of the Political Action Task Force is to encourage each psychiatrist to contact his/her legislator and engage in a dialogue about quality psychiatric care in Texas. The relationships formed with legislators will pay dividends during the Legislative Session.
"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean that politics won’t take an interest in you." Pericles
ACO's & Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Click here to view a new AACAP document on ACO's & Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Preparing for the Impact of Healthcare Reform. The document was developed by the AACAP Task Force on Healthcare Delivery Systems. It provides child and adolescent psychiatrists with an overview of the changes in healthcare delivery that are expected to occur as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as how these changes will affect the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry.
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