Jeffrey Chou, M.D., president-elect of the San Diego Psychiatric Society,
and Thomas Dodson, M.D., president-elect of the Oregon Psychiatric
Association, discussed district branch issues and concerns with APA Trustees
at their October meeting.
Chou described the district branch's concern that a new
psychologist-prescribing bill is likely to emerge soon in the California
legislature, as it has several times in the past years, and cited its
partnership with the California Psychiatric Association and California Medical
Association to defeat the legislation. He also noted that the district branch
faces serious financial problems and has raised member dues for the first time
in more than a decade. On the up side, recruitment efforts contributed to a 10
percent increase in membership over the last five
Jeffrey Chou, M.D.
He added that the district branch has begun planning for events it will
hold in conjunction with APA's 2007 annual meeting, which is in San Diego.
Dodson, who reported by speaker-phone, noted the enactment of Oregon's new
mental health parity law and the district branch's successful effort to kill a
psychologist-prescribing bill. He and his colleagues are also involved in
access-to-care issues and are looking at ways they can help shore up the
state's deteriorating public mental health care system, "which has been
hit very hard over the last 10 years," he said. He too cited the value
of a strong alliance between the district branch and the state medical