APA Area 5 Trustee Mary Helen Davis, M.D., served as a moderator for some of the breakout sessions, including ones devoted
to the parity law and to accountable care organizations. Davis told Psychiatric News that "having been a participant in advocacy days over the past 15 years, I think that the current environment is the most
exciting. We are in the midst of major health care transformation including changing policy in the mental health care arena.
We have to build on the parity legislation, keep ourselves and our members knowledgeable of the changing face of health care
delivery models, as well as advocate for our patients, ensuring that mental health needs are understood by the decision makers
who will be developing health care policy over the next couple of decades." Davis added, "Although this is a time of great
opportunity, there is also monumental uncertainty, with no guarantees of the success or failure of any of the new programs
that are emerging."