Thursday, December 13, 2018

APA, SAMHSA launch Telepsychiatry Learning Collaborative

Posted by Pat Smith On December - 7 - 2018 Comments Off on APA, SAMHSA launch Telepsychiatry Learning Collaborative

APA and the SAMHSA funded STR-TA initiative have announced the launch of the Telepsychiatry Role in Medication-Assisted Treatment virtual learning collaborative that is set to start Monday, Dec. 17. The collaborative will be led by Dr. Hector Colon-Rivera, attending psychiatrist at University of Pennsylvania Health System and clinical associate attending psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.


This 12-week experience will focus on guidelines and recommendations surrounding the use of telepsychiatry, and the implementation of telepsychiatry in practice with a focus on caring for patients with substance use disorders in areas that lack access to traditional care. The collaborative combines live online interactions with on-demand activities and discussion boards to engage learners. Participants will also complete an individual project and earn up to 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits™.


To join the collaborative, fill out the registration form at Telepsychiatry Learning Collaborative and a group code will be provided to allow access to the collaborative.
Space is limited.

APPA welcomes Meghan Martin

Posted by Pat Smith On September - 19 - 2018 Comments Off on APPA welcomes Meghan Martin

We are happy to introduce Meghan Martin as our new director. She is responsible for the overall management of the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association including membership recruitment and retention, and meeting planning. She comes to us from the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa where she specialized in sales and event management.


Meghan received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and public relations from Troy University. Her experience will be a welcomed asset to our association.


While Meghan originally hales from Greenville, she currently lives in Montgomery with her husband, Jonathan, their 17 month old son Luke.


Meghan is filling the position left by Jennifer Hayes who resigned in January.

Will you help shape health policy?

Posted by Pat Smith On September - 25 - 2017 Comments Off on Will you help shape health policy?

With a few exceptions, our laws are written by people with little to no experience in mental health. Decisions made by the 140 members of the Alabama House and Senate directly impact our patients’ lives. We can choose to not get involved hope for the best, or we can take an active role in shaping state health policy.

The Alabama Medical PAC (ALAPAC) helps elect candidates to office whom we can work with on the important mental health issues facing our state.

I am asking your support for ALAPAC. By contributing to ALAPAC, we can help elect candidates we can work with on legislation affecting our patients and the practice of psychiatry.

In just the past few legislative sessions, ALAPAC-supported legislators helped:

• Stop the Patient Compensation System bill, with its annual $3,000 tax on each psychiatrist;

• Stop legislation that would have allowed marriage and family therapists to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders;

• Improve the delivery of mental health services in Alabama;

• Ensure adequate funding for Medicaid to prevent loss of access for patients; and

• Stop drivers of physician burnout like MOC.

Laws impacting our patients and the practice psychiatry will continue to be introduced. Can ALAPAC and I count on your support? Donate now or learn more at

Tarak M. Vasavada, MD
President, Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association