What We Do

Objectives:
1. Promote the best interests of patients and their families through ethical, timely, and cost-effective psychiatric care
2. Advocate for patients, facilities, standards of care, and psychiatrists
3. Inform our members about advances in the specialty of psychiatry, and promote education and research to other health professionals and the public
4. Strengthen relationships with other medical specialties, other mental health professions, and advocacy organizations

  GOAL I: To be truly relevant to our members

  1. Increase membership
    1. Increase all categories
    2. Communicate regularly with member and nonmember psychiatrists to explore their professional needs and determine if PSV is meeting them
  2. Increase e-mail communication list
  3. Continue and expand office support services for individual members through Psychiatric Office Personnel meetings
  4. Continue referral service for patients through PSV Executive Director
    and Membership Directory

  GOAL II: To promote advocacy and ethical care for the mentally ill

  1. Have an annual increase of members join the MHA or VAMI or
    an advocacy group
  2. Support VAMHE with PSV donations of money and psychiatrists joining
    as board members
  3. Develop and advance yearly legislative priorities (e.g.. parity,
    ethical prescribing, confidentiality, support public mental health financing, etc.)
  4. Increase psychiatry’s participation and influence in all significant
    statewide mental health initiatives
  5. Annual membership presentation on ethics

  GOAL III: To foster science and the progress of psychiatry

  1. Establish meaningful relationships with Psychiatry Training Programs
    1. Support training through teaching and supervising residents and medical students
    2. Help raise endowments for training or research
  2. Provide members with CME, networking with members across the state,
    liaison and communication with APA about important issues in other
    states which could impact upon our members (e.g. parity, prescribing privileges)
  3. Support psychiatry’s role as the best qualified team and most cost effective leader with a unique role as evaluator, diagnostician, psychotherapist and psychopharmacologist

  GOAL IV: To make a positive contribution to our communities

  1. Volunteer efforts on Community Service Boards and at medical schools, free clinics
  2. Offer service to the Red Cross in case of disasters
  3. Public education presentations
  4. Encourage members to provide at least one hour a week for community service