The Maryland Psychiatric Society (MPS) serves as the voice of psychiatry for Maryland’s general public, provider and consumer organizations and the Maryland General Assembly. Through its advocacy, the MPS educates the public about mental health policy, psychiatry and successful treatment options. Advocacy initiatives encompass the legislative/regulatory, political, psychiatric practice and communications arenas.
The MPS Legislative Committee meets frequently during the Maryland General Assembly to review proposed legislation that involves mental health, substance abuse, patient’s rights, child abuse, psychiatric practice, insurance, parity and related issues. This committee liaisons with other MPS committees, the Suburban Maryland Psychiatric Society, our lobbyist, MedChi and other consumer and provider organizations. Both state and federal legislation is considered by this committee.
MPS LAC Board
The MPS Legislative Action Committee (LAC) provides the main communication mechanism for reviewing Maryland legislation that may impact psychiatry. Only members who review legislation have access to this website; however, MPS members may request access by contacting the MPS office. The site contains a record of MPS legislative actions from 2006 to present. Members are able to comment on current legislation and assist in shaping the position that psychiatry adopts in regards to specific legislation, which is recorded on the LAC Board.
Maryland Psychiatric Political Action Committee
The Maryland Psychiatric Political Action Committee (MPPAC) is an independent organization whose key officers are appointed by the MPS. The MPPAC members and its volunteer board are typically Maryland psychiatrists, but membership is open to all. Contributions to the MPPAC fund selected state Delegates and Senators who are influential in mental health and related legislation or who support treatment of these disorders. Board members attend many legislative events, and MPPAC sponsor two days a year where psychiatrists meet with legislators in Annapolis to help educate our elected officials and build rapport. By supporting the elected officials psychiatrists are able to gain access to help educate and advocate about mental health, public and private policy making, and popular opinion. To donate please make checks payable to “MPPAC” and mail to 1101 St. Paul Street, Suite 305, Baltimore, MD 21202.