SCPS Selects Psychiatric Physician
Alliance of California (PPAC)
by George A. Fouras, M.D.
As you probably know by now, the California Psychiatric Association is closing operations due
to the withdrawal of support by three of the five District Branches in California. Unfortunately,
this leaves California psychiatry without a strong statewide voice to protect our patients and our
profession at a time when patient care is threatened by proposed laws to give unqualified
providers medical privileges presently only held by physicians. For example, there have been
repeated unsuccessful efforts to grant prescribing privileges to psychologists. The immediate
challenge is a law, AB 890, authorizing nurse practitioners to practice medicine, including psychiatry, without physician supervision. This was recently signed into law by the Governor despite fierce opposition advocacy by the CPA, CMA and other medical specialty societies. These kind of incidents
must not be allowed to happen again. Strong, effective advocacy is essential. Your SCPS Council is aware of
these dangers and has decided to work with the new Psychiatric Physicians Alliance of California (PPAC), whose
sole function is focused on legislative advocacy for psychiatrists and their patients, in order to fulfill our members’ need and expectations for advocacy in California.
Please read Dr. Fouras' complete President's Column beginning on Page 1