FEDERATION OF TEXAS PSYCHIATRY
A United Voice for Texas Psychiatry
The Federation of Texas Psychiatry unites Texas' professional psychiatric organizations. Voting member organizations - the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, the Texas Academy of Psychiatry, and the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Associate member organizations - the Texas Foundation for Psychiatric Education and Research, the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association - together represent about 45,000 physicians in Texas united in advocacy for patients and quality psychiatric care.
SAVING LIVES, SAVING MONEY
With policy decisions being made regarding preferred drug lists, please read TSPPs publication, "Saving Lives, Saving Money: The Case for Open and Unrestricted Access to Mental Health Medications." Click here.
INSANITY DEFENSE CONFERENCE
In February 2003, TSPP conducted a conference on the Affirmative Defense of Insanity in Texas. Joining TSPP as hosts were the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, the State Bar of Texas Committee on Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters and Committee on Disability Issues, and the American Journal of Criminal Law. Read the transcript of this conference which had a faculty composed of national experts on the insanity defense. Click here.
PRESIDENT'S NEW FREEDOM COMMISSION ON MENTAL HEALTH
On July 22, 2003, the President’s Commission on Mental Health released its report, “Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America,” commissioned by President George W. Bush by Executive Order 13263 on April 29, 2002. The Executive Order charged the Commission to study the mental health service delivery system, and to make recommendations that would enable adults with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbance to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their own communities. In announcing the Commission, President Bush said, “Americans must understand and send this message: mental disability is not a scandal – it is an illness. And like physical illness, it is treatable, especially when the treatment comes early.” Click here.
SURGEON GENERAL'S REPORT ON MENTAL HEALTH
On December 13, 1999, the US Surgeon General released the
first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health. The report, commissioned
by Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala, documents that although
there is a range of effective, well-documented treatments for mental illnesses,
nearly half of all Americans who have a severe mental illness fail to seek
treatment. The report also focuses on the connection between mental health and
physical health, barriers to receiving mental health treatment, and the specific
mental health issues of children, adults and the elderly.
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