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October 2015


Washington Psychiatrist Magazine
Fall 2015 Issue

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WPS Announces 2015 Award Winners
The Washington Psychiatric Society is pleased announced the 2015 Awards recipients. A big thank you to Dr. Joe Collins and the Awards Committee for their service and diligence.

  • Wellstone Award - Senator Ben Cardin, Maryland
  • Psychiatrist of the Year- George Kolodner, MD, DLFAPA
  • Resident of the Year- Miguel Alampay, MD
  • Distinguished Service Award - Robert Johnson, MD, DFAPA
  • Community Service Award - Erminia Scarcella, MD, DLFAPA
  • Lifetime Service Award - Eliot Sorel, MD, DLFAPA
  • Lifetime Service Award - Harold Eist, MD. DLFAPA
  • Special Service to WPS - Doralee Billings
  • Past-President's Award - Gary Soverow, DLFAPA

The awards were presented at the Annual Awards Dinner on April 30 at the Columbia Country Club.


Dr. Eliot Sorel Named Chair of APA Global Mental Health & Psychiatry Caucus

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WPS 2015 Election Report
A total of 60 ballots were received in an uncontested election. This represents about 6% of the members eligible to vote.

As prescribed by the WPS Policies and Procedures Guide, a Tellers Committee of non-board members certified the election results. The tellers consisted of Drs. Valerie Buyse, Rodney Drake, Shira Rubenstein, and Darlinda Minor.

President - Elect -- Dr. Joe Collins - 59 votes
Secretary - Dr. Chris Raczynski - 60 votes
Representative at Large- Dr. Farooq Mohyuddin - 59 votes
Assembly Delegate - Dr. Roger Peele - 59 votes
ECP Representative - Dr. Mark Niciu - 56 votes
RFM Representative - Dr. Ashley Cesar - 54 votes
RFM Representative - Dr. Layan Zhang - 53 votes
1 write-in vote for RFM Representative - Danielle Hairston

Mental Health Privacy Update
Behavioral Health Coordination of Care Amendment Act of 2015:Bill 21-0007 the Behavioral Health Coordination of Care Amendment Act of 20151 was introduced on January 4, 2015 and a hearing was scheduled for February 4, 2015. The proposed bill would permit mental health information to be shared within a health care system based on HIPAA release of information criteria. Read more

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WPA 2015 Bucharest International Congress -June 24-27
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With the assistance of the APA Office of Communications and Public Affairs, we are exploring the WPS membership interest in participating in a training session for interacting with members of the media. This training would help us to reach out to members of the media to encourage appropriate commentary about psychiatric issues of community interest and importance. The training would likely occur on a future Saturday or Sunday yet to be determined. If you have interest in attending such a session, please email WPS Public Affairs Representative Charles Kaelber, providing your contact information, and any topics of special interest or expertise you have.

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