Life Status

Members reach “Life” status when their age plus their total years of membership in the APA equal 95. At that time, APA dues are reduced to 2/3 the full rate for five years, and then further reduced to 1/3 the full rate for the next five years. After that, life members are dues-exempt. MPS dues are based on the member’s current level of professional activity. Dues for members practicing half time or more are 2/3 regular member dues; for those working less than half time, dues are 1/3 the regular amount; and for members not involved in professional activities at all, dues are at a basic level ($72 in 2015).

“Life” MPS dues are based on the honor system. Your dues notice will be billed according to our current records for the amount of time you work as a psychiatrist. If the rate billed is incorrect, please submit the correct amount and include a note as to your time in professional activities. We will then adjust our records. Although they have reached “life” status and qualify for reduced dues, some members elect to pay regular MPS dues, especially if they still have a full practice.

Life Members who work half time or more (two-thirds dues) – Benefits include all publications, member discounts for CME programs, participation in the patient referral service, membership directory and web site listing, insurance discounts, and networking opportunities.

Life Members who practice less than half time (one-third dues) – Benefits include all publications, member discounts for CME programs, participation in the patient referral service, membership directory and web site listing, insurance discounts, and networking opportunities.

Life Members who are not involved in professional activities at all – Benefits include all publications, member discounts for CME programs, insurance discounts, and networking opportunities.

For questions regarding when you are eligible please contact the APA answer center at
1. 888.357.7924.

Senior Psychiatrists, which was formed in 2013, grew out of the APA Lifers group. It publishes an online newsletter, and has an active role in the APA annual meeting. Members who hold Life status are eligible to join.