Two district branch presidents, Victoria Dreisbach, D.O., of the
Connecticut Psychiatric Society and Nestor Galarza, M.D., of the Puerto
Rico Psychiatric Society described several key initiatives for APA Trustees at
last month's Board meeting.
Dreisbach described a successful effort to make sure a
psychologist-prescribing bill never made it out of committee in the
Connecticut legislature. She noted that alliances with other physician groups
played a large role in the bill's demise. She noted that the district branch
is building a "proactive network" to be ready to go into battle
when the bill resurfaces in a future session.
Galarza noted that the district branch has joined with the Puerto Rico Bar
Association to fight the death penalty, has upgraded its presence in the media
and improved its Web site, and is gearing up to respond to an anticipated bill
to allow psychologists to prescribe. He also noted that due to several
financial factors unique to Puerto Rico and sharply declining membership, the
district branch will be sending APA a request to lower its dues for Puerto