Members Only Resources

Selected Resources from the APA Website

Note: APA member login may be required for some or all of the following resources.

Payment Reform and Quality Reporting Under MACRA

November 15, 2016, APA relaunched its Payment Reform website and a new CME webinar series to assist you 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 MACRA permanently repealed the Medicare SGR formula and set in motion entirely new programs for quality reporting and new payment models.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.

Building a Career in Psychiatry

This valuable resource for medical students, residents, fellows, and early career physicians, aims to help them successfully prepare for the transition into the next stages in their careers. Also check out the APA Guide to Resident Opportunities on this page.

Official APA Positions

Access and review official APA positions using APA's searchable PolicyFinder on the Governance page. There you will find current APA position statements as well as policies from governing documents including the Bylaws, Constitution, Operations Manual, and The Principles of Medical Ethics With Annotations Applicable Especially to Psychiatry.

Visit APAeducation: APA's Lifelong Learning and CME Center

Performance in Practice modules and more at

Stay up-to-date with the latest APA advocacy news and activities

APA Practice Guidelines

Try out APA’s Legislative Action Center and make your voice heard!

Neuroscience Education Institute: 25% OCPS Member Discount

As of June 6, 2017, OCPS members now enjoy a 25% discounted membership rate for new membership and renewals with the Neuroscience Education Institute. NEI’s benefits of membership feature online access to Stephen Stahl's prescriber's guide, MOC Self-Assessment activities, and CME among many other things. Please note that OCPS does not endorse NEI and has not evaluated NEI’s programs or offerings. Members should make their own assessment of the product before buying.

Please follow these instructions to complete your discounted NEI Membership subscription:

  1. Click here and log-in (or create an account)
  2. Select the 1-year term and hit Submit (you may sign up for up to 5 years at the discounted rate if you pay ahead)
  3. To receive your discount, enter promo code GRPOCPS and click Apply
  4. Hit Checkout and complete your purchase

If you have any questions, email Betsy Lukins of NEI @ [email protected]
Thanks to Lesley MacArthur, M.D., for negotiating this special rate.


We are pleased to announce that the OCPS website's Physician Directory has been replaced by the superior APA searchable database of psychiatrists. This is the database viewed by prospective patients using our website's Find a Psychiatrist feature. OCPS members may click on this link to opt-in or edit his/her listing in the APA database (APA login required).


Upload: August 11, 2015

We have a growing variety of books available for members at the OCMA center, free of charge. Take a look at the listing of volumes available on our bookshelf at the LibraryThing website.


CURES Database Registration Mandate

As many of you may know, effective July 1st, 2016*, California Health and Safety Code, Section 11165.1 will mandate that all California-licensed health care providers authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish or dispense Schedule II, III, or IV controlled substances must be registered to access the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES). Click on this link to begin a download of a Microsoft Word document to read more, and learn how to register to access CURES.

*UPDATE: In mid-October, Assembly bill 679 extended the registration deadline 6 months. All individuals practicing in California who possess both a state regulatory board license authorized to prescribe, dispense, furnish or order controlled substances and a Drug Enforcement Administration Controlled Substance Registration Certificate (DEA Certificate) now have until July 1, 2016, to register to use CURES.

CPA Annual Meeting and PAC Events

Check out the latest CPA conferences / meetings and the CPA website for information on legislation, advocacy, and more.

Read the Latest News


Sep 04, 2021
From the California Department of Healthcare Services September 3, 2021 announcement Source: California State Association of Psychiatrists newsletter Volume 1, Issue 35 CALIFORNIA DEDICATES $20 MILLION TO SUPPORT

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Strengthening Behavioral Health Parity Act passed by Congress

Dec 23, 2020
[From the APA] APA applauds Congress for taking a crucial step forward in our efforts to ensure patients have access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment

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Nominate your Distinguished Colleagues! (New deadline)

Nov 02, 2019
OCPS Presents... Orange County's Most Distinguished Psychiatrist Recognition Award The Orange County Psychiatric Society is currently seeking nominations to honor outstanding psychiatrists who have advanced care, research, and education

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