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Standing Committees

Constitution and Bylaws



Ad Hoc Committees

 Alcoholism and the Addictions 
Committee on Women
           Consultation/Liaison             Disaster Readiness
Healthcare Systems & Finance
Health Information Technology
Litigation & Advocacy
       Psychiatry and Law         
Public Sector



Interest Groups

College Health
Forensic Psychiatry 
Organizational Psychiatry
Residency Training Directors
Sexual Disorders

MPS Chapters

Southeastern MA Chapter Western MA Chapter




Article XVI –Committees

There shall be the following standing Committees of the MPS: Executive, Nominating, Membership, Constitution and Bylaws, Fellowship, Ethics and Continuing Medical Education.

  • The Executive Committee shall be chaired by the President. The composition and responsibilities of the Executive Committee are defined in Article IX, Section Six of the Constitution.
  • The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for providing a list of candidates for MPS offices. The Committee shall consist of seven members, four of whom shall be elected and three of whom, including the Chair, shall be appointed by the President after consultation with the Executive Committee.
  • The Membership Committee shall be chaired by the Secretary and the Council shall act as a Committee-of-the-whole as described in Article V of the Constitution.
  • The Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall be responsible for considering and proposing any changes to the MPS Constitution and Bylaws. The Chair shall be appointed annually by the President. Additional members shall be appointed by the President, upon recommendation of the Chair.
  • The Fellowship Committee shall be responsible for making recommendations of eligible members to the APA Membership Committee for elevation to Distinguished Fellowship status, as described in Article V of the MPS Constitution. The President of the MPS shall appoint the Chair of the Fellowship Committee, who shall be responsible for appointing members who are Distinguished Fellows to the Committee.
  • The Ethics Committee shall be responsible for investigation of complaints charging members with unethical behavior or practices, in accordance with procedures approved by the MPS and the APA. The Chair of the Committee shall be appointed yearly by the President. Additional members shall be appointed by the President, after consultation with the Chair. The members shall accept assignment on a rotating basis to serve on screening subcommittees. They shall disqualify themselves only if they are named a party to a complaint or under extraordinary circumstances upon approval of the Chair of the Ethics Committee.
  • The Continuing Medical Education Committee shall be responsible for planning and conducting educational activities for the membership throughout the year that meet the standards for Continuing Education Credit.

The President may establish or eliminate other committees or other organizational entities as may be necessary to implement the objectives of the MPS.

All Chairs of MPS committees or other entities are to be appointed yearly by the President [except where otherwise specified in the Constitution and Bylaws and shall be limited to three consecutive terms] unless this term limit is overridden by a two-thirds vote of the MPS Executive Committee.

 No member of the MPS or organizational unit thereof shall speak in the name of, or encumber the funds of, the MPS unless such power is specifically granted by the MPS President or by a formal action of the Council of the MPS.

Article XVII –Attendance

Attendance at meetings of the Council, committees or other organizational entities: shall be open to all members of the MPS except for the meetings of the Ethics Committee. All organizational entities of the MPS may go into Executive Session.