This week the Minnesota Legislature is on its annual Easter/Passover Break, so there is a short break for the first time this Session. MPS has seen some exciting advances (parity gaining traction and moving forward) and some frustrating situations (once promising investments in workforce and fee increases for sustainability hitting dead-ends).
Now is the time to contact your legislator to connect, to remind them you are a psychiatrist and available as an expert resource and an informed constituent. MPS is sending a letter to the Senate in gratitude for the focus on mental health and proposed investments as well.
We are also happy to see the commitment from legislators to study and involve citizens on decisions to be made regarding recreational marijuana going forward. This is an area were MPS is working with the Minnesota Medical Association and supporting its June 6 in St. Paul with a sponsorship and expert panelist and table discussants.
The MPS investment in advocating for the profession and the patients you serve has been steady and our members have been increasingly involved and ready to meet with, speak and inform key committees on issues of importance to psychiatry and mental health. We have garnered additional support from the APA to help on key issues and our contract lobbyist works closely with key advocates and MMA legislative staff on our priority issues. The MPS Legislative Committee meets monthly and is working with other MPS committees to elevate our impact and raise awareness.
The MPS PAC is another key tool and we need your help. Please join the MPS PAC and support it financially with your donation. Our reserves were stretched for the last election and we are rebuilding now. Right now, the MPS PAC needs you! Please click on this link to donate today! Thank you for your consideration. Your donation will help strengthen psychiatry's voice in support of all Minnesotans who need and deserve access to high-quality, accessible mental health care provided by our state's best-prepared mental health professionals delivered in a comprehensive and sustainable system of care.
Chinmoy Gulrajani, MD, DFAPA, MPS PAC Chair Michael Trangle, MD, DLFAPA, MPS President
From MPS PAC Chair Chinmoy Gulrajani, MD, DFAPA:
The Minnesota Psychiatric Society Political Action Committee contributes to those candidates who support MPS advocacy initiatives, and to those who will help forward the mission and interests of MPS and its members.