Welcome to OCPS

Welcome to the Orange County Psychiatric Society, which represents over 270 area psychiatrists devoted to quality patient care. As a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association and California Psychiatric Association, our nonprofit organization tirelessly advocates for our patients and profession at local, state, and federal levels. We invite you to peruse the variety of helpful resources and information found throughout our website.

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What We Can Do For You: The Benefits of Membership

Members of OCPS are among the growing membership of 35,000 worldwide psychiatrists in the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The many benefits enjoyed by OCPS members include tireless advocacy for our patients and profession, access to the latest research and clinical studies, resources for practice management, opportunities for networking and professional development, resources for lifelong learning and Continuing Medical Education (CME), and discounts on several quality services. Read more about member benefits or contact OCPS to learn more about our organization, including events, activities, and joining our ranks.


Crisis Prevention Hotline

1-877-7-CRISIS or 1-877-727-4747
Toll-free, 24-hour, immediate, and confidential over-the-phone suicide prevention services to anyone, who is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts. Operated by Los Angeles-based Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.

Warmline Network Services

1-877-910-WARM or 1-877-910-9276
Primarily phone-based non-crisis, supportive services to anyone, who is struggling with mental health issues and looking for a respectful, caring, and understanding person. Operated by NAMI-OC.

In Case of Emergency Call CAT

In some emergencies, immediate evaluation may be imperative but it may not be possible to bring the patient to a psychiatrist's office or a hospital. In these cases, the Centralized Assessment Team (CAT) can help. CAT is a program of Orange County Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health Services and is funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The team is available 24/7 and can provide emergency psychiatric evaluation services at locations such as private residences, police stations, health clinics, private doctors' or therapists' offices, and in the field. You can read more about CAT at this OC Health Care Agency web page. Their phone numbers are (866) 830-6011 or (714) 517-6353.

Maternal Mental Health Resources

Thank you to all who attended the Dark Side of the Full Moon film screening. The documentary received very positive reviews from all the attendees. In connection with the documentary, we are pleased to publish a new page on Maternal Mental Health Resources. Our hope is that those who viewed the documentary were compelled to make positive changes for improved maternal mental health care in the service of pregnant women and new parents in Orange County. This program was jointly sponsored by AAP-OC Chapter, the Orange County Psychiatric Society, and the Orange County Psychological Association.


Now Accepting Applications for Bill Callahan, M.D., Memorial Advocacy Award

OCPS established the Bill Callahan, M.D. Memorial Advocacy Award in 2015 in memory of William E. Callahan’s life. This annual award is presented to one psychiatry resident, fellow, or early career psychiatrist OCPS member who has a passion and enthusiasm for legislative advocacy. Read more about Bill Callahan, M.D., and how to support or apply for the award on our Donations page.

Payment Reform And Quality Reporting Under MACRA

As a benefit to APA members, the APA has launched a Payment Reform website and a new CME webinar series to assist members in preparing for the major payment changes going into effect for 2017, as a result of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). MACRA changes the way psychiatrists and other physicians working with Medicare patients will be paid. Some reporting requirements begin as early as January 1, 2017. MACRA permanently repealed the Medicare SGR formula and set in motion entirely new programs for quality reporting and new payment models. Over 23,000 psychiatrists currently see Medicare patients. These new MACRA programs are also widely expected to have a ripple effect and spur similar efforts by many other payers.

Our Website Sponsors

We would like to extend our gratitude to our Platinum sponsors, the American Professional Agency and Professional Risk Management Services. Without their generous support this website would not have been possible.

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Payment Reform and Quality Reporting Under MACRA

Nov 16, 2016
As a benefit to APA members, the APA has launched a Payment Reform website and a new CME webinar series to assist members in preparing for the major payment changes going into

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Educational Event Videos Now Online

Jul 27, 2016
[UPDATED] OCPS Members are invited to login to the Members Only area to view video of previous educational events. Now online are several presentations from 2016. Additional videos will

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Residents/Fellows/ECPs encouraged to apply for award

Dec 10, 2015
William E. Callahan, Jr., M.D.’s love of legislative advocacy was legendary. He dedicated his life to advocating for our profession and our patients. He traveled up and down

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Our Sponsors

American Professional Agency, Inc.
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