I plan to help APA establish a national mentoring framework to facilitate this type of interaction. For example, local leadership can offer to do grand rounds at academic medical centers to describe the role of APA in educating legislators and the general public about the issues facing psychiatric patients and to facilitate engagement of our academic leadership. National leaders can work locally to mentor and advise the next generation. A few "pot luck" dinners around the country in some of our major cities (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Miami) could engage 10 or 20 ECPs and graduating residents at little or no expense to the person holding them. Inviting key academic and clinical leaders to such dinners would also be useful.