Exciting News from Psych Congress: Up to 50 Scholarships available (including airfare, hotel and CME cost) for Mental Health Providers, including Psych PA Students and fellows. Apply now and attend Elevate for free! https://elevate.psychcongress.com/elevate-scholars


Hoping this email finds you well and you all had a lovely PA week this month. All of us at the Association of PAs in Psychiatry (APAP) wanted to reach out to say hello and re-connect to update everyone on some exciting changes at the APAP. We appreciate all that you do in your efforts to provide mental health services to patients as the need is so great!  We were very excited to meet many of you at the breakfast meeting of the APAP at the Psych Congress.

Our organization has grown over the past year and now includes six board of directors. Phyllis Peterson, president; James Cannon, treasurer, Jessica Spissinger, secretary and BOD members: Rodney Ho, Robert Sobule and Cathy Judd.  We have been working to solve the logistical issues with our website, email and overall communication glitches.  At the start of the new year our website will have the capacity to have members log on to create profiles and connect with colleagues via a national Psych PA membership directory (accessible only to members and not mandatory). We will have updated job listings, cme, fellowship and advocacy sections as well. As we are 100% volunteer driven, we rely on financial support as well as involvement from members on tasks. At present, our membership is free and this will continue to be the case for the next 6 months. After that time, we will be requesting annual membership dues of $50. To that end, we are also seeking volunteers to help with maintaining content for our website such as job listings as well as helping with social media. Please contact us at info@psychpa.com if you are interested. 


We had a wonderful turnout at our breakfast meeting today! Very excited to see so many enthusiastic PAs working in psychiatry!



We are thrilled to share this insightful article by J. Michael Smith PA-C on PAs in Psychiatry. 2019 Smith – PAs in Psychiatry commentary




Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in the Association of PAs in Psychiatry (APAP). We are very excited to expand the practice of PAs in psychiatry and provide support to current and aspiring PAs. We are working on developing our website to be a home for Psych PAs, providing resources for jobs, advocacy, clarify state requirements and reimbursement issues as well as a forum for clinicians to connect and discuss salient clinical issues. Stay tuned for updates and please continue to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also contact us at info@psychpa.com. We look forward to working together!

–Jessica Spissinger, LICSW, PA-C , CAQ,

Secretary, Association of PAs in Psychiatry