Advocacy & Legislation

MPS Announces 2017 General Assembly Advocacy Days

The MPS Legislative Committee invites all MPS and Suburban Maryland Psychiatric Society members to participate in our annual Advocacy Days in Annapolis. This year we meet with legislators on Wednesday February 8th and Thursday February 9th. Advocacy Days help MPS members to interact directly with our state delegates and senators and to educate them about the clinical relevance of proposed bills and the impact of legislation on the practice of psychiatry. Face-to-face contact is the most effective form of political action and past meetings have positively influenced past legislation.  No experience is required!  You can choose to spend as little as half of one day and as much as both whole days. We always have a good time. Please contact Kery Hummel at khummel@mdpsych.org if you would like to attend. We hope to see you there!

The legislative session began on January 11.  We anticipate that Keep the Door Open legislation will be re-introduced to index mental health provider wages to medical inflation.  Funding will be sought for an increase of mental health crisis interventions and services to reduce emergency department visits.  The End of Life Options issue is likely to resurface.  The legislature will also be asked for adequate funding for substance use disorder services to fight the growing opioid crisis and state beds for forensic mental health services.  There is a possibility that a bill involving Maintenance of Certification will be submitted.  As always, the MPS Legislative Committee and lobbyists will thoroughly screen bills that are introduced and provide feedback on those that are most important to psychiatry.  Please contact Kery Hummel at khummel@mdpsych.org if you would like to be involved in this effort.

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