melinda L. Young, md, DLFAPA CANDIDATE, 2019 AREA 6 (California) TRUSTEE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION
Being an effective Area 6 Trustee is like being a good cook - it takes more than following a recipe.
I know what members want and need from their membership in the APA.
From long experience - with District Branches, State Associations, and the APA itself - I know how to get it done, either through existing channel or, when necessary, by effectively challenging the system.
I am a tireless advocate for members. I'm not afraid of taking a controversial stand in my advocacy for members.
My Experience as a Psychiatric Physician
30 years in solo private practice: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry
Experience in hospital and outpatient clinic administration, and both in- and outpatient psychiatry
Work in residential facilities
Faculty positions at university- and county-based teaching institutions: UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Teaching positions, volunteer, within the USC Department of Psychiatry and the UCSF Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Consultation for non-mental health physicians and non-physician mental health providers
My Experience in Organized Psychiatry (in brief)
30 years - District Branch member (1988-2001 in SCPS; 2001-Present in NCPS)
9 years - DB Council member (SCPS and NCPS, including President of NCPS)
12 years - California Psychiatric Association Council member
8 years - CPA Federal Legislative Representative
Testimony to governmental bodies, including testimony to the CA Senate Committee on Health and the CA Senate Select Committee on Mental Health/Mental Health Parity and Access Oversight Committee - December 16, 2015 and invited testimony to the Stakeholders Group, CA Mental Health Parity and Access, Convened by the Chair of CA Senate Committee on Health, 2016.
6 1/2 years on the APA’s Board of Trustees and current Area 6 (California) Trustee: 2 years as Assembly Speaker-Elect and Speaker, 2 years completion of a former Area 6 (CA) Trustee's term, and 2 1/2 years as the elected Area 6 (CA) Trustee.
Speaker of the APA Assembly - 2013-2014
3 years - APA Assembly officer
Participation nationwide, as Assembly Speaker-Elect and Speaker, with all 7 APA Area Councils and more than 20 District Branches/State Associations.
APA Finance and Budget Committee, setting finance/budget policy for the entire APA and its charitable Foundation - 2013-2017
APA Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning - 2014-2017
APA Council on Advocacy and Government Relations - 2008-2013
APA Joint Commission on Government Relations - 2000-2003
President, California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - 1999-2001
12 years - Executive Committee, California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - 1989-2001
President, Southern California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - 1993-1994
12 years - Executive Committee, Southern California Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - 1993-2001
2016 Recipient Northern California Psychiatric Society Meritorious Service Award
2015 Recipient of the APA Warren Williams Assembly Speaker's Award for outstanding activities or contributions in the field of psychiatry and mental health - Area 6 (California)
2008 Recipient CPA Edward M. Rudin, MD, Award for exceptional contributions to the California Psychiatric Association in California State Government Affairs
1998 Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
1995 Southern California Psychiatric Society Appreciation Award
I welcome your comments and your concerns. Please feel free to contact me.