CPA & California's Mental Health Physicians

Members of the CPA Women's Caucus enjoy an early morning meeting before the day's agenda of professional seminars.

Shannon Suo, MD, talks with a CPA Conference attendee at Tenaya Lodge. Breaks between presentations provide chances to  converse with colleagues

George Fouras, MD, adds to the stimulating Q & A session at the annual CPA Luncheon.

CPA President William Arroyo, MD, welcomes Asm. Joaquin Arambula as guest speaker for the 2017 CPA Conference. 

Sound Mental Health Policy

The California Psychiatric Association (CPA) is a statewide non-profit organization whose member psychiatrists are medical doctors specializing in comprehensive care of individuals with mental and emotional disorders that stem from biological and psychosocial causes.

The CPA was founded in 1961 and is responsible for carrying out legislative, regulatory, judicial, and educational advocacy, and public affairs activities on behalf of organized psychiatry in California. CPA hires legislative advocates to work with the California Legislature, and state regulatory and

 administrative agencies to ensure that patients with psychiatric disorders will have access to high quality, medically necessary treatment. CPA's legislative activities have included obtaining insurance parity for mental illness, advocating for better regulation of managed care activities, and promoting early intervention tools like Laura’s Law. CPA also works with the California Medical Association, other medical specialty societies, patient and family advocacy groups, and other state organizations on issues of mutual concern and interest.

The Association is an effective advocate for the delivery of mental health care and for the interests of California’s psychiatric physicians:


  • CPA advocates for quality, safety and access to care in the state Capitol  and, through the American Psychiatric Association, in federal governmental affairs;

  • Continuing Medical Education: CPA sponsors educational and practice-related meetings in locations throughout the state each year;

  • Public Education: CPA educates the public about psychiatry and promotes appropriate treatment;

  • Practice Settings: CPA committees cover a wide range of practice settings, from managed care, child psychiatry, and judicial action, to state prison hospitals where we work on solutions unique to those practice settings;  

  • Communications: CPA provides news, notices of events, a newsletter with interesting and informative content, and media and action alerts prompting action by psychiatrists on critical issues;

  • Coalition, Collegiality and Coordination: CPA works with many medical specialty and professional organizations such as representatives of hospitals, families and patients, and many other groups where there are shared interests in mental health care and treatment;

  • Media: as a result of effective media outreach, CPA is a go-to source for state, national and international journalists covering mental health issues.




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