July 2018 GLIPS Update
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Message from GLIPS President, Stephen Perret, M.D.
As a psychiatrist in the early stages of my career, I am thankful and humbled that I have been given the opportunity to serve as the GLIPS President. It is a promising but unsettling time in medicine and psychiatry. Although we possess ever-expanding knowledge and are witnessing breakthroughs in many exciting areas of psychiatry, including pharmacogenomics, we also face a world rife with uncertainty, conflict and intolerance.
In the face of these challenges, I believe that professional societies like GLIPS can be a vital source of support, leadership and knowledge. With this in mind, my goal as GLIPS President is to help revitalize GLIPS as an organization that captures the interest of our membership and serves as a resource that links our members to the patients and communities we serve. There are surely formidable challenges, because there are always more responsibilities and demands that forestall active participation in professional societies and dilute with our leadership in the community. However, I believe that through our joint efforts and voices, we can accomplish much. With this in mind, I thank the GLIPS members for endowing me this responsibility and also to ask for your help.
Specifically, I ask our members to reach out to the leadership at GLIPS, and indeed, the APA at large. I urge our members to be active voices in these fine institutions. I encourage our members to give my office, and those in administration of our parent organization, feedback about how you would like GLIPS and the APA to best represent and serve you.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Save The Dates
September 24, 2018 – Annual Dinner Meeting – This CME meeting entitled Increasing Access to Mental Health Care for Children & Adolescents in New York State: CAP PC, presented by Victor Fornari, MD, MS, Director, Division of Child && Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, will be held at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Uniondale, NY. Registration will begin at 7:00 PM, followed at 7:45 PM by dinner and lecture. Additional information, along with online registration and payment links will be sent to the membership in mid-August.
October 11, 2018 – Meet, Greet, Networking opportunity for all Resident Members and Early Career Psychiatrist Members. This casual, lite dinner meeting will be held at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Uniondale, NY, and will begin at 7:00 PM. Resident and ECP members will receive additional information, along with a link to the online registration form in mid-September. This program is presented as a complimentary event however registration will be required.
2019 Membership Dues
Reminder, GLIPS membership dues are not included on the APA membership dues statements. All GLIPS dues-paying members will receive invoices directly from GLIPS in mid-September. The Board has voted to retain the same dues structure for 2019, offering a discount for dues paid before December 31st. As in previous years, members whose dues are received in the GLIPS office on or before November 15th, will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad mini. (We thank PRMS for their support of this award.) For questions concerning GLIPS dues please contact GLIPS Executive Director, Jackie Cast, at email@example.com; for questions concerning APA dues please contact the APA directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Going on Vacation?
For helpful information, see “Practical Pointers” posted on the GLIPS web site under “Articles from PRMS”.
GLIPS member, Victor Fornari, MD, was interviewed by CBS News following the cave rescue of the children and their soccer coach. See Dr. Fonari’s interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmvd2lsoxNg. Dr. Fornari also shared views on immigration reform with Congressman Thomas Suozzi. Following is the Congressman’s response:
“Thank you for sharing your thoughts on immigration reform. I appreciate having your input on this important issue.
“I know that America’s greatness has been enhanced by newcomers for over two centuries. The most basic American principle is “that all men and women are created equal.” It is not that all men and women with a green card or passport are created equal, it is that ALL men and women are created equal. This issue cannot become an excuse for discrimination.
“Furthermore, I recognize how important it is to support young immigrants eager to work, study and contribute to society. That’s why I was proud to cosponsor H.R. 858, the DREAMers, Immigrants, and Refugees Legal Aid Act. This comprehensive legislation connects immigrants with legal counsel and services to help them navigate through the legal system. I also support H.R. 3440, the Dream Act of 2017 as well as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA-recipients are immigrants who were brought to the United States before their 16th birthday, have no criminal record and either served in the armed forces or have a high school degree.
“As you may know, the Trump Administration instituted a new policy in May of this year calling for the criminal prosecution of all adults who illegally cross into the United States. This policy has led to the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border and placement either with an adult sponsor or a shelter.
“I am both saddened and appalled by the separation and punishment of children and families who are desperately trying to find safe harbor in the United States. Many of these families are fleeing violence and destitution. Policymakers from both sides of the aisle should come together to find common ground to support security at our southern border without needlessly inflicting trauma on young people who are risking their lives to find freedom and security in the United States. I assure you that I am monitoring this situation closely. It is critical that the federal agencies who carry out our immigration policies are held accountable for their actions, and serve our communities in a responsible and compassionate manner.
“Thank you again for contacting me and sharing your thoughts on this matter. To learn more about this and other federal issues please follow me on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for my monthly newsletter here. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office again if we can assist you in any way.”
News from the APA
THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FROM APA CEO & MEDICAL DIRECTOR SAUL LEVIN, MD:
I want to share with you an update on APA’s outreach efforts regarding immigrant families at the border, as well as ask you to help us spread the word to our members. The Department of Health and Human Services has informed us that they have contracted with Lutheran Family Services and Catholic Charities to assist with mental health services and reunification of children with their families. APA has been in contact with senior staff responsible for coordinating with each organization’s service agencies.
Both organizations told us that they are still organizing with multiple volunteer organizations on the ground to determine logistical capabilities. They expect that the children still separated from their parents/sponsors will be reunified by the end of this week. At this stage when families are reunited and new immigrant families coming into the U.S., they are being processed through a few centers near the border. Families are there anywhere from two to 24 hours before they proceed by bus or plane to their sponsor somewhere else across the U.S. Most are referred for social and legal services to a local Catholic Charities or Lutheran Family Services nearest to their sponsor.
Since these needs are at the local level and each service area is unique, needing different assistance at each location, Catholic Charities or Lutheran Family Services are reaching out to their individual service providers in the states and the local cities to determine specific needs. We have begun to receive information from agencies that are looking for pro-bono psychiatric services and this information can be found by clicking here. Since Catholic Charities or Lutheran Family Services are seeing this is a local issue, we will also provide this information to the closest district branch(es) to that service agency and I ask that each district branch share this information with local members via your list serve or newsletter. If you want to reach out individually, I have attached a list of the Executive Directors at each of the Catholic Charities in the different areas throughout the country. Keep in mind not all of them are providing services to this population group. Both organizations have expressed sincere appreciation to our membership for offering services.
We will continue to update you with additional information as we hear and coordinate with Catholic Charities and Lutheran Family Services. We would appreciate if you could keep us updated on members who have volunteered.
If you are looking for other opportunities to assist, as Dr. Fleming has mentioned, the Physicians for Human Rights is an organization where you can sign up for the Asylum Network and they will provide your name to the various advocacy organizations that are looking for evaluators, and Stand With Immigrants is an organization where you can also sign up to submit your name to be a volunteer mental health professional. We are working with Give an Hour Program staff. We will inform you as we receive more information.
APA’s advocacy on this issue continues. We recently partnered with 13 other health care organizations on a letter to House and Senate Oversight Committees urging them to hold hearings with officials from the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services on the treatment of children and families who were separated from their parents at the U.S. border.
SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program
APA has been awarded a five-year, $7.1 million grant for the SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), one of the oldest federally-funded grants at APA. This MFP grant cycle was highly competitive and this year’s award almost doubles APA’s annual funding from the previous fellowship grant cycle.
The grant will continue the work of APA’s MFP. The charge is the following: 1) to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for underserved populations and 2) encourage more racial and ethnic minorities to join the behavioral health workforce. While racial and ethnic minorities make up more than 28% of the nation’s population, less than 20% of America’s mental health workforce consists of racial or ethnic minorities.
APA will expand and deploy robust programs that enable SAMHSA to continue its MFP mission and help APA with its goal of ensuring mental health equity for all. Leveraging APA technology and resources, MFP Fellows will be provided individualized support for their projects on mental health disparities as well as mentorship from fellow MFP recipients, MFP alumni and APA leaders. APA resources include national/state advocacy, media training, cutting-edge research, education, health disparities, telepsychiatry and use of APA’s PsychPro registry.
Since 1974, APA has had more than 500 MFP graduates. Today, these alumni serve racial/ethnic minority and underserved populations and are leaders in their respective communities, institutions and APA.
APA MFP will be led by APA Deputy Medical Director Ranna Parekh, M.D., M.P.H., and the Division of Diversity and Health Equity in collaboration with the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. All involved APA staff will work closely with MFP Fellows and other MFP grantee organizations (e.g., American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, etc.) to execute SAMHSA’s mission.
My sincere appreciation goes to all those who were involved in securing funding for one of APA’s longest-running program. Special thanks to Dr. Ranna Parekh, Vabren Watts, Ph.D., Tatiana Claridad, Sejal Patel, Amy Porfiri, Dan Gillison, Craig Obey, Mikael Troubh, Megan Marcinko, Dr. Phil Wang, Rosa Johnson and Dave Keen.
From Our Platinum Partner, PRMS
PRMS is excited to host its first-ever virtual poster contest for residents! Residents will submit videos of their posters to be played at our national seminars throughout 2019, allowing an opportunity to share original research and case findings with the practicing psychiatrists and colleagues in attendance.
PRMS VIRTUAL POSTER CONTEST Professional Risk Management Services, Inc. (PRMS, Inc.) is accredited (with commendation) by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
GRAND PRIZE The resident(s) receiving the most votes in all four seminars overall will share a $1,000 award! TO SUBMIT Email your poster video to Vanderpool@prms.com
SUBMISSION DEADLINE December 31, 2018
QUESTIONS? Donna Vanderpool Vice President, Risk Management Vanderpool@prms.com
HOW IT WORKS Residents are invited to submit a five-minute video presentation of their poster, along with a poster handout. PRMS Risk Managers will select the top ten poster videos, which will be played at each of four national seminars throughout 2019. PRIZE: Each top-ten poster video will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to the APPI bookstore. Seminar attendees (practicing psychiatrists) at each of the four PRMS national seminars in 2019 will view the ten videos and vote on the best poster. PRIZE: The resident(s) receiving the most votes at each seminar will share a $500 award.