In a collaborative effort, APA, through its philanthropic subsidiary, the
American Psychiatric Foundation, has launched the Disaster Recovery Fund for
Psychiatrists to assist psychiatrists and psychiatry residents who have been
adversely affected by disasters such as hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and
The decision to launch the fund was made at the November meeting of the APA
Assembly after APA Medical Director James H. Scully Jr., M.D., discussed the
effects of Hurricane Katrina on APA members.
The fund is being started with $20,000 that APA received from a Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration contract to assist in the
coordination of the mental health response to Hurricane Katrina and will rely
on additional support from APA members. APA Assembly members have already
begun making donations to the fund.
"I find it incredibly touching that so many of our members have
worked so hard and dedicated their lives to helping others, and now they have
lost everything to these disasters," said Deborah Cross, M.D., Area 2
deputy representative, who spearheaded the initiative. "I think it's so
important that we help our colleagues as they rebuild their lives and their
Joseph Rubin, M.D., speaker of the APA Assembly, said, "The Assembly
is accustomed to proposing actions or policy statements that often take a lot
of time and review to implement. Brought about by tragic events, the Disaster
Recovery Fund for Psychiatrists gives us an immediate way to do something
concrete for our affected colleagues, in partnership with the foundation.
Let's all contribute what we can and make this a real
Under this program, psychiatrists and psychiatry residents who have been
affected by disasters are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $2,500.
Grants are intended to help psychiatry residents continue their medical
training and help psychiatrists rebuild their practices to serve the mental
health needs of the people in their communities.
Applications for the recovery grants are now being accepted, and grant
decisions will be made on an ongoing basis.
"The foundation is pleased to work with APA to facilitate these
assistance efforts," said Altha Stewart, M.D., president of the American
Psychiatric Foundation. "Given the scope of the recent disasters, I call
on the collective generosity of APA members to support our colleagues in need
who have lost their practices and their communities. I hope that all members
will contribute to this worthy peer-to-peer effort."
Contributions to the Disaster Recovery Fund for Psychiatrists are tax
deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations may be made online at<www.psychfoundation.org>
or by mail to American Psychiatric Foundation, 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite
1825, Arlington, VA 22209. Checks should be made payable to the American
Psychiatric Foundation; all contributions should be designated for"
disaster recovery." Contributions may also be made by phone by
calling (703) 907-8512.
More information about grant applications is available online at<www.psychfoundation.org>
or by phone at (703) 907-8517. ▪