Last night, Council unanimously approved a statement endorsing the stances taken by the Black Psychiatrists of America, Inc. (BPA), dated June 3, 2020 and the American Association of Medical Colleges’ (AAMC), dated June 1, 2020. Council committed the MPS to questioning our practices, listening to people of color in our community and designing a plan with specific actions that create meaningful solutions for change. It also made a pledge to implement this plan.
As leaders of mental health in our state, it is imperative that we ensure that we provide quality and equitable care to our black and brown communities, and that we go beyond that work, by working on the prevention of the social causes that lead to mental health disorders, including racism. The members of the Maryland Psychiatry Society will no longer be silent and complacent as we now come together with the rest of the world to eradicate racism.
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