MPS Resource Guide for Anti-Racist Action

Recent MPS Virtual Town Halls to listen to (*Members must be logged in to access):

MPS Multicultural and Diversity Committee presents “Structural Racism and Discrimination: Taking the First Steps Forward”.

MPS Disaster Readiness Committee presents “Re-opening: Using Lessons from COVID-19 to Shape the Future of Psychiatry”.

From the President 6/4/20

Dear MPS Members,
It has been a heartbreaking week with the brutal death of Mr. George Floyd at the hands of the police and the continued police violence against those who earnestly raise their voices in protest to endemic police violence and systemic racism. Our fellow black and brown neighbors, who are already disproportionately afflicted and killed by the Covid-19 pandemic, are traumatized continually by a scourge as old as our nation. In our Town Hall meeting this week, Dr. David Henderson shared the sentiments of a young African American man who feels that death at the hands of the police is more likely than by Covid-19. It is easy to lose hope and feel helpless under such circumstances. I urge us as MPS psychiatrists to support all efforts to end racial injustice and violence through our personal and community introspection, meaningful action as a Society, engaged citizenship, leadership, scholarship, and our sacred work as healers.
Here are some links to documents for your consideration.

We will be discussing this issue at our Council Meeting on June 9, 2020 and plan to arrive at some concrete steps to support our black colleagues and fellow citizens in ending this deadly scourge.

Best Regards,
Sally Reyering, MD, DFAPA
President, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society
[email protected]

Covid 19 Resources Page

Annual Meeting

The MPS Annual Meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Please mark your calendar and save the date. We will be recognizing our 2020 Award Winners and Distinguished Fellows.

APA Assembly meeting held virtually, Saturday, April 25, 2020. Click here for a summary by Dr. Adam Nelson.

AG Healey Announces Groundbreaking Agreements that Expand Access to Behavioral Health Services for More Than One Million Residents

“The Massachusetts Psychiatric Society applauds Attorney General Healey for her admirable work to help the residents of the Commonwealth gain access to treatment and knowledge and transparency about their mental health and substance use benefits,” said Marilyn Price, MD, President, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. “The mental health parity investigation is a tremendous endeavor. Persons seeking mental health care should have the same access to timely care as they would with any other illness.”

AG Office Press Release                 Boston Business Journal article

Massachusetts Senators Spilka, Rodrigues, Friedman and Cyr rally with invited guests at the State House before debate on An Act Addressing Barriers to Care for Mental Health

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Society (MPS) represents the majority of Psychiatrists in Massachusetts. MPS members are Physicians who are committed to providing outstanding medical/psychiatric care through accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of mental health and emotional illnesses. We seek to achieve this goal by promoting public and professional education, legislation that addresses the needs and rights of the mentally and emotionally ill, and by advocating for the allocation of public and private resources for treatment, research, and education. We provide a supportive and informative professional community for our members.

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