• 16 May 2023 1:23 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Wisconsin Psychiatric Association President Dr. Tony Thrasher discusses the state's growing rate of suicides and a bill to fund training for staff at gun shops and ranges to recognize risk signs.

    Watch the full interview here!

  • 15 May 2023 8:30 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WPA joins organizations representing mental health advocates, county human service agencies and providers across Wisconsin’s 72 counties in a sign on letter urging the Joint Finance Committee to fully fund the proposal in the 2023-25 budget bill.  WPA along with these organizations are committed to strengthening mental health and substance use services for children and adults throughout Wisconsin.

    Read the full letter here. 

  • 19 Apr 2023 11:34 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WPA and more than 400 other national, state, and local medical, public health, and research organizations sing on urging Congress to support funding for gun violence prevention research. The letter urges support providing $35 million for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), $25 million for the National Institute of Health (NIH), and $1 million for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for firearm morbidity and mortality prevention research as part of FY 2024 appropriations. This research is critical for developing a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to reducing firearm-related violence, including suicides, violent crime, and accidental shootings.

    Read the full letter here.

  • 24 Mar 2023 3:35 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Congratulations to WPA's own Dr. Laurel Bessey! The highly competitive and prestigious Viste Award was established in 2006 in memory of Dr. Viste, a compassionate and passionate physician leader who exemplified commitment to patients, community and the profession of medicine. Nominations for this award must come from physician peers and the recipient must demonstrate activities and values that promote Dr. Viste’s exceptional legacy.

    Dr. Bessey, a psychiatrist with UW Health Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and the Associate Program Director for Psychiatry Residency, received multiple nominations highlighting her advocacy and leadership at the local, state and national level. The Foundation Board felt strongly that she was an outstanding physician to carry on Dr. Viste’s legacy and join the other notable recipients of this award.

  • 24 Mar 2023 3:32 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WPA, along with other organizations representing thousands of WI physicians urge legislators not to cosponsor LBR 0589 - APRN Legislation as drafted.

    Read full memo here.

  • 24 Mar 2023 3:32 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    The WPA held the 2023 Annual Conference at the Edgewater Hotel, March 9-11. The conference theme "Bio-Psychosocial Formulations in a World Gone Wild: What Really is the “Social”. Topics included violence, advocacy, climate change, social determinates of health, burnout & wellbeing, health justice, ethics and more! The Annual Resident Vignette competition was held and residents from each Wisconsin residency program presented unique cases to take home the "Siggy" Award. Dr. Charlie Jaschek from University of Wisconsin took home the "Siggy" Award! The conference included a poster session featuring five posters. The Annual Membership Meeting celebrated WPA's accomplishments for the year, approved the slate of candidates for the 2023-2025 Executive Council and honored Dr. Angela Janis for her service as President of the WPA from 2021-2023. Thank you to all of our presenters, attendees and exhibitors who were able to join us!

  • 3 Feb 2023 3:36 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Members of the WPA Legislative Committee and Executive Committee visited the Capitol to meet with their Legislators.  The goal of the meetings was to make introductions and lend WPA as a resource for future legislation regarding mental health and psychiatry.  Thank you to our lobbyist at Hubbard, Wilson & Zelenkova for organizing the day! 

    Drs. Michael Peterson, Jackie Landess, Angela Janis, Erica Larson, Brian Berendes and Gabi Hangiandreou with Senator Jesse James

    Dr. Gabi Hangiandreou, Dr. Erica Larson & Senator Brad Pfaff


    Dr. Jackie Landess, Dr. Michael Peterson & Senator Dianne Hesselbein

  • 30 Jan 2023 3:44 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Last week in his State of the State Address, Governor Tony Evers declared 2023 the Year of Mental Health. The Governor outlined numerous initiatives that the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association (WPA) deems critical to the well-being of residents across the state.

    Highlights Include:

    • Funding and initiatives related to crisis stabilization and urgent care, peer-run respite services, and suicide and crisis services - including expansion of the “988” Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
    • An emphasis and recognition of youth mental health challenges and his proposals to improve their mental health and safety.
    • $7 million to establish a new Medical College of Wisconsin Psychiatry Residency and $1.26 million for the Graduate Medical Education program to increase residency programs in rural Wisconsin hospitals.

    It is well known that the lack of psychiatrists across the state, particularly in rural Wisconsin, is at a crisis level. Increased access to training and ultimately the retention of psychiatrists would be an enormous step in the right direction.

    The WPA applauds Governor Evers’ proposals and looks forward to working with the Legislature and the Administration within the biennial budget and beyond for improved access to mental health care for all Wisconsinites.

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