MPS 2019 Disaster Readiness Conference

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Medical Society presents 

Preparedness, Response and Recovery After Disaster

Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Massachusetts Medical Society

860 Winter Street

Waltham MA 02451

The collaboration of mental health professionals with their medical peers in the face of disaster is vital for the health of the community. This program will provide medical and mental health professionals with a unique opportunity to focus together on how the combination of their skills can greatly enhance preparedness, response and recovery from disaster. Psychiatrists will get a sense of how one can use psychological understanding and skills in a more supportive and compassionate way to reach out to people who do not necessarily think they need a psychiatrist.


The registration fee for this conference is $150 for MPS/APA members, $20 for residents/fellows/students and $200 for non-members. All registration fees increase by $25 after October 1 so please register early to secure the discounted rates. Pre-registration is required.

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OHIC Integrated Behavioral Health Work Group

"In its 2019 Care Transformation Plan, OHIC established the Integrated Behavioral Health Work Group (Work Group) to identify potential solutions to the aforementioned barriers. This report provides a summary of the Work Group meetings, recommendations made by the Work Group, and a brief discussion of topics that were unaddressed in the scope of this Work Group’s charge that could be considered in the future."

Download a copy of the final report released on August 7, 2019.

APA Assembly Notes

Read Dr. Adam Nelson's summary of events and presentations of the May Assembly meetings held in San Francisco, CA. 


Dr. Andrea Kretzschmar Memorial Psychiatry Fund

In honor of Dr. Andrea Kretzschmar, her colleagues in the Brown Alpert Medical School's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior have created a memorial program that supports the training of future psychiatrists to provide exceptional care to patients with substance use disorders.


ABMS Vision Initiative Commission Releases Draft

The ABMS Vision Initiative Commission has released a draft report from their two-year study of the future of Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

UPDATE: Closed to public comment January 15, 2019.

View a summary of testimony to the Commission.

Download a copy of the final report released on February 13, 2019.