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Candidate for Treasurer
Psychiatric News
Volume 38 Number 23 page 32-32
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Thank you for giving me the honor and privilege to run as a candidate for treasurer. If elected, what can I bring to the Board of Trustees? How would I represent you?

When 9/11 struck, as speaker-elect of the APA Assembly, I sponsored a speaker-elect forum at the Assembly to honor our colleagues from New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and the APA central office for their heroic responses. I then led our district branches in setting up a nationwide network of psychiatrists to assist our communities to prepare for psychiatric consequences of terrorism. Finally, I obtained a SAMHSA grant to hold a speaker’s conference and training. I did these because they were the right thing to do. I felt strongly that APA should respond proactively to real social needs if we are to be regarded as relevant.

Two years ago, I realized as speaker-elect that our Association had not in recent years adequately focused on and responded to the care of seriously and persistently mentally ill citizens. I mounted an effort with APA leadership and the Assembly to establish the Ad Hoc Work Group on the Care of Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. The Assembly document was incorporated into the APA document, "A Vision for the Mental Health System."

In turn, APA’s vision statement became a vigorous and timely response to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health report. APA was out front calling for the overhauling of and adequate funding for our nation’s bankrupt mental health system. We can all be proud of this.

And what happened to APA finances? Two years ago, when we were heading toward a deficit, I participated in the implementation of the Board’s Financial Oversight Committee to track APA’s monthly finances. We tightened our expenditures and installed a new information management system. We insisted on fiscal accountability for our annual meetings and business activities. Our effort paid off. Last year, we balanced our budget. This year, we are projecting a surplus of $4.6 million.

Despite successes, I believe APA can do more to connect with our membership. We need to restore our Association’s vitality, demonstrate the values of belonging to APA, and make members proud and enthusiastic.

What should we focus on now?

In these challenging times, fresh ideas, creative leadership, bold vision and initiatives, new energy, and new ways of working together are needed. I have done my homework, brought people together, and produced results. I now ask for your support as your APA treasurer.

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Work:

95%—Department of Public Health, Community Behavioral Health Services, City and County of San Francisco

5%—Private Practice

Income:

95%—Department of Public Health, Community Behavioral Health Services, City and County of San Francisco

5%—Private Practice

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