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Congratulations Ken!

AACP Board Member Dr. Ken Minkoff has been named to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC).

The ISMICC will report on advances in research on serious mental illness among adults and serious emotional disturbance among children and on federal outcomes related to measures of suicide, drug overdoses, emergency hospitalizations, criminal justice involvement, homelessness, unemployment, and other issues. The ISMICC also will recommend actions that federal agencies can take to better coordinate the administration of mental health services for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance.

We are pleased to have Ken represent community psychiatry through this important work.

Public access to the committee's first meeting, to be held on August 31st 2017, will be available by webcast (

AACP Board Member Dr. Lisa Dixon co-hosts a new podcast!

Psychiatric Services- From Pages to Practice

Topics include community-based treatment programs, collaborative care, evidence-based treatment and service delivery, criminal and social justice, policy analysis, and more.


Our own Dr. Margie Balfour was honored at this year’s National Council for Behavioral Health annual meeting (NatCon2017) as their “Doc of the Year” for the great work she has been doing in her role as the VP for Clinical Innovation and Quality at Connections AZ, which is the largest provider of psychiatric emergency care in Arizona. In addition to being the “quality nerd” as she refers to herself, or the “quality guru” as almost everyone else calls her, she is responsible for managing all clinical operations at the Crisis Response Center in Tucson. According to the accompanying press release, “the process improvement processes she led there have resulted in significant decreases in door-to- doctor time, injuries and other key performance indicators.” For her, the most meaningful aspect of getting this prestigious award was that it was the Tucson Police Department that nominated her. That says a lot. Congrats Margie!

AACP Board Member Dr. Liz Frye discusses Street Medicine