Private Practice of Adult Psychiatry, 1980- ♦ New York Medical
College: Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Director of Medical Student
Education, Director Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry, 1980-2007 ♦
Director, Outpatient Psychiatry, Kings County Hospital, 1977-80 ♦ APA
Assembly Speaker, 2006-07 ♦ Chair, APA Joint Commission on Public
Affairs, 2001 ♦ President, Psychiatric Society of Westchester County,
It is a great honor to be nominated for president-elect of APA. I will not
let you down if you choose me for this job.
The president leads APA in its interface with the public. My work in public
affairs in my DB, Area, and as chair of the APA Joint Commission on Public
Affairs has prepared me for this task as well as my experience in writing a
syndicated newspaper column, having a local radio program, and recently having
an Internet podcast. I also plan to work closely with APA experts and use
local psychiatrists to speak with local media markets.
We have made great strides in reducing stigma, but it is still present
regarding serious and persistent mental illness. This is one reason that it is
inadequately funded. There is a need for hospital beds for the care of many
patients who are housed in prisons, are waiting for transfer from our
overcrowded medical emergency rooms, or are among the homeless in our
communities. I would develop a Presidential Committee where I would meet with
APA experts along with our communications and government divisions, with input
from patient/family advocacy groups and others, with the goal of developing a
major multiyear public relations plan to change the public's and lawmakers'
attitude toward chronic and persistent mental illness.
I would facilitate a plan, that I suggested as speaker, to have local Town
Hall Meetings where a panel of psychiatrists listens and questions interested
parties on important topics such as access to care, treatment of veterans and
their families, teenage drug use, etc. These meetings will get media coverage,
establish psychiatrists as interested community leaders, and provide
information leading to APA advocacy and other action.
APA has been preparing psychiatrists to be ready to respond at times of
disaster and terrorism. I have co-edited a recent book, Intervention and
Resilience After Mass Trauma; have co-taught courses on disaster at APA
meetings; and in 2001 was a consultant to the State Department on terrorism.
APA has some outstanding experts on these subjects, and I will work to expand
the work that we are doing.
In order to grow APA, I would appoint small task forces of outstanding
members who work in prisons, veterans or state hospitals, are psychoanalysts,
MURs, ECPs, MITs, international members, as well as other specific groups.
Each task force would develop recruitment methods for nonmembers of their
group, including DVDs, outreach, incentives, etc. Success would be measured by
increased membership in each category.
I would hold at least one Board of Trustees meeting as an interactive
videocast. This would be an example to other components of effective
economical technology. As speaker I tried to introduce electronic voting to
the Assembly. The AEC wasn't ready for it yet because of cost. This can be
revisited as well as videocasting the Assembly for members to see their APA in
action. All APA members should be given templates to develop professional Web
sites perhaps hosted by APA.
Other current issues which I feel are important are:
Please see my Web site for more discussion:<www.apayes.com>.
I am passionate about the care of our patients, our profession, and APA. I
would like your vote so I can make a difference.