Founded in 1949, the Washington Psychiatric Society (WPS), a 501(c)(6) non-profit association is a professional, non-profit medical specialty organization with 900 psychiatrists. WPS advocates on behalf of members and their patients, provides quality continuing medical education programs, and educates the public on mental health issues.

WPS covers the National Capital Area with regional chapters representing the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland (Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties) and Northern Virginia (the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church and Arlington and Fairfax Counties), and is a District Branch of the internationally recognized American Psychiatric Association (APA).


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Hoot, What, Where

From risk management and claims advice to risk alerts, PRMS news, and events, this quarterly newsletter will share relevant news, useful tips, and important updates in the field of psychiatry to help keep, your members, their patients, and their practices safe. 

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Resident Owlery Newsletter

The “Resident Owlery” was developed by Professional Risk Management Services to provide psychiatry residents in training with ‘owl they need’ to help manage their risks as they prepare to start their psychiatric careers. Featuring risk management resources, educational articles, and the latest announcements and events from PRMS, this quarterly newsletter will share relevant news and useful tips to help keep psychiatrists, their patients, and their practices safe. Click Here or on the image below to read through!

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WPS Members: Write for Capital Psychiatry Magazine Now!

Accepting Submissions for the Fall and Winter Edition. Thank you to everyone who made a submission for the Summer Edition!
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Do You Want to Reform Prior Authorization in DC?

Councilmember Mary Cheh has introduced B24-6555, Prior Authorization Reform Amendment Act. The bill was co-introduced by Councilmembers Allen, Bonds, Lewis George, and Gray. The bill is supported by MSDC and modeled after the American Medical Association's prior auth guidance. Learn more at our prior auth webpage, www.msdc.org/priorauth.

We have been fighting this issue for ten years, and this may be our best chance to pass these reforms. Below are four ways you can help fix DC prior auth today.

  1. Share your prior authorization (horror) story
  2. Contact the Council (and let MSDC know)
  3. Spread the word
  4. Add your name to our special prior auth update list
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Meet Moonlight


As part of PRMS’ commitment to supporting our clients and the behavioral healthcare community, we are pleased to sponsor and exhibit with the organizations that advocate for mental health across the country. Our PRMS representatives attend meetings, exhibits, presentations, and social events from Washington, DC to California – and we’re excited to feature the newest member of our travel entourage, Moonlight, in our latest blog post here. Keep an eye out for Moonlight’s travels on our social channels – you may just spot our owl at one of your upcoming events!