By Dr. Kimberly Frank
The Wisconsin Psychiatric Association (WPA) is a branch of the American Psychiatric Association, a nonprofit professional organization based in Kimberly, Wisconsin. Established in 1974, the WPA mission is to coordinate the science, research, and practice of psychiatrists in the state; educate the public about mental disorders and disease; and advocate for practicing psychiatrists in the Wisconsin legislature. Representing more than 400 members, the WPA organizes regular conferences and Webinars on issues specific to psychiatric clinics and private practices, including prescription medications, drug monitoring, administrative matters, best practices, and more. The WPA lobby works with state legislators to support favorable working conditions for psychiatrists in Wisconsin and to ensure compliance with changes in state codes and regulations specific to the field. The public education arm of the WPA is responsible for disseminating the latest information on mental health to the general public and the news media, and the WPA publishes a quarterly news bulletin, The Wisconsin Psychiatrist. Membership in the WPA is open to all certified and licensed psychiatrists in the state, and the next annual meeting is slated for March 2013 on the future of the psychiatric practice.
About the Author:
Dr. Kimberly Frank is a child and adolescent psychologist in Racine, Wisconsin, who sees clients in her private practice. As an expert in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, Kimberly Frank is a member of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association, contributing more than 20 years of expertise in the field.