Rep. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt., center) stands with Jonathan Weker,
M.D. (left), and David Fassler, M.D., after delivering a
contribution from APAPAC. Weker is the secretary of the Vermont
Psychiatric Association, and Fassler is treasurer and also an APA Trustee.
Sanders is currently serving his eighth two-year term in the House of
Representatives and is giving up his seat to run for the Senate seat to be
vacated by the retiring Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.). Sanders is a member of the House
Financial Services and Government Reform committees and the Mental Health
Caucus. He has co-sponsored many APA-supported pieces of legislation,
including the 2005 parity and privacy bills. He plans to continue his advocacy
on behalf of mental health issues if elected to the Senate.
The visit with Sanders is part of an ongoing program at APA—through
APAPAC—inwhich APA members educate federal legislators and
policymakers about mental health issues.