Government Affairs, Critical to CPA Strength


Toward the goal of achieving sustainable, quality mental health care throughout the state of California, there is little more important than Government Relations. Over time, the CPA has built a strong presence in the State Capitol and become one of the premier voices in mental health policy and programs. Having a seat at the table with key lawmakers and prominent mental health advocates means the member physicians of CPA will be represented and heard.


At the same time, we’ve strengthened our alliance with district branches and leveraged their ability to communicate with their local elected officials – essentially creating a network of informed and active psychiatrists whose expertise and credibility is unparalleled. Our Key Contacts program is one of many ways our individual members participate in CPA’s ongoing work


In addition, CPA is a trusted partner of the American Psychiatric Association. Through Government Affairs, we lend support to national policies that benefit mental health and also collaborate with the APA’s Government Affairs staff to share best practices from our statewide efforts.


Our Government Affairs program includes the following duties:


  • Monitor proposed legislation

  • Track key legislation throughout the process                                            

  • Collaborate with stake holders to develop legislative strategies

  • Communicate with CPA leadership and members regarding legislative issues

  • Participate in educational forums regarding mental health policies

  • Work with media to create better understanding of mental health issues

  • Provide reporters with access to member psychiatrists for expert information

  • Draft legislation and policy papers

  • Work with CPA legal staff to vet legislative language and positions

  • Testify on critical bills before the State Legislature

  • Other actions as called for ....


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California Psychiatric Association, 921 11th St., Suite 502, Sacramento CA 95814 ~ P-916.442.5196 / F- 916.442.6515