We want each APA member to feel that they are within reach of APA's
governance. The Assembly has representatives from each district branch and
representatives of early career psychiatrists, Asian-American psychiatrists,
African-American psychiatrists, Hispanic psychiatrists, IMGs, MITs,
gay/lesbian psychiatrists, and American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian
psychiatrists—and representatives of all substantial subspecialty
psychiatric organizations. In 1980, 57 percent of the APA voters said"
yes" to a petition to change the APA constitution to make the
Assembly the policymaking body of APA. That petition failed because it was
short of the 67 percent needed to change the constitution. So, an incremental
approach to enhancing the Assembly's power is indicated, in order to move the
decisions of APA closer to the APA members.