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).


Browse WPS March 2023 e-News Here!


Our Magazine:  Capital Psychiatry
Winter 2023 Issue

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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. 


Hoot What where March PRMS News 


May 21: PRMS/SPA Annual Spring Reception


We are excited to announce that our Annual Spring Reception, co-hosted by PRMS and the Southern Psychiatric Association, will take place on Sunday, May 21, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, in San Francisco! If you plan to attend the meeting, we hope you and your members will join us at the reception. Invitations and more details to follow soon – stay tuned! Click Here to view the flyer!

PRMS PSA Spring reception


PRMS 2022 Year in Review

PRMS’ 2022 Year in Review, available on our website, is filled with statistics and memories from the past year – read more about how we supported our clients and the behavioral healthcare community throughout 2022.

Register Now!

Continuing Certification: An Update from the ABPN President, Dr. Jeffrey Lyness

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Virtual Seminar
Earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM


Psychiatric Society of Virginia Spring Meeting

March 17 - 18, 2023
In-person at The Westin Richmond, Richmond, VA
Earn CME credit


WPS Member News  


PROPOSED RULE: Telemedicine Prescribing of Controlled Substances When the Practitioner and the Patient Have Not Had a Prior In-Person Medical Evaluation
Posted by the Drug Enforcement Administration on Mar 1, 2023

Comment Due Date: March 31, 2023

Comment HERE

2023-24 Elections:
Help Shape the Future of WPS Today!

Thank you to everyone who voted! Results will be announced soon.

WPS Members: Write for Capital Psychiatry Magazine Now!

Accepting Submissions for the Summer Edition. Thank you to everyone who made a submission for the Spring Edition!
Email [email protected] with questions or submissions.

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Past Events of Interest

2022 WPS Fall Symposium was held on Saturday, October 29, 2022. 
Trauma & Mental Health: Risks, Resiliency, Recovery

Be on the look out for the next WPS Presidential Symposium in the Spring on April 29, 2023 where you can earn CME credit and learn about another timely topic!

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
Click Here to Read More