The Missouri Psychiatric Physicians Association (MPPA) represents a merger of the former independent district branches of Central Missouri Psychiatric Society, Eastern Missouri Psychiatric Society, and Western Missouri Psychiatric Society. In March 2010, APA members in Missouri voted to combine operations into a single statewide organization, the Missouri Psychiatric Association. The former district branches will serve as MPA offices and continue to serve the local needs of their members. In 2017, members voted to change the organization name to the Missouri Psychiatric Physicians Association to better reflect the group constituency.
The American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
The mission of the American Psychiatric Association is to:
- promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental illness, including substance use disorders, and their families
- promote psychiatric education and research
- advance and represent the profession of psychiatry
- serve the professional needs of its membership
- Best standards of clinical practice
- Highest ethical standards of professional conduct
- Prevention, access, care and sensitivity for patients and compassion for their families
- Patient-focused treatment decisions
- Scientifically established principles of treatment
- Advocacy for patients
- Lifelong professional learning
- Collegial support
- Respect for diverse views and pluralism within the field and the association
- Respect for other health professionals
- To promote the rights and best interests of patients and those actually or potentially making use of psychiatric services for mental illness, including substance use disorders.
- To improve access to and quality of psychiatric services.
- To improve research into all aspects of mental illness, including causes, prevention, and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
- To improve psychiatric education and training.
- To promote optimal conditions for practice and career satisfaction.
- To foster collaboration among all who are concerned with medical, psychological, socio-cultural and legal aspects of mental health and illness.
- To improve functioning of the APA in the service of its mission.
Among the ways in which the MPPA will represent psychiatrists in the state:
- Assume a strong advocacy role with lawmakers in Jefferson City on behalf of psychiatrists, patients and the profession,
- Strengthen participation in elective processes at state and local levels through the Missouri Psychiatric Physicians Political Action Committee (MoPPPAC),
- Publish Missouri Psychiatry, a new quarterly print and online newsletter that will feature regional, state and national news of interest to psychiatrists. It replaces the former EMPS Eastern Missouri Psychiatry newsletter.
- To implement the objectives of APA at the local and state level. The objectives of APA are to:
- Improve the treatment, rehabilitation, and care of persons with mental disorders (including mental retardation and substance-related disorders);
- Promote research, professional education in psychiatry and allied fields, and the prevention of psychiatric disabilities;
- Advance the standards of all psychiatric services and facilities;
- Foster cooperation of all who are concerned with the medical, psychological, social, and legal aspects of mental health and illness;
- Make psychiatric knowledge available to other practitioners of medicine, to scientists in other fields of knowledge, and to the public;
- Promote the best interests of patients and those actually or potentially making use of mental health services; and
- Advocate for its members.