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Fall 2020 CME Meeting & EXPO

Florida Psychiatric Society’s Legislative Key Contact Program
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 FPS Legislative Key Contact Program

The best and most effective messengers to communicate FPS’s legislative priorities are psychiatrists themselves who take part in our Key Contact Program. The program is a grassroots team of FPS members from around the state who are willing to help in the profession’s advocacy effort. All we need are psychiatrists who wish to protect their profession. Our lobbying team in Tallahassee, Metz, Husband & Daughton (MHD), is directly assisting the FPS in this effort. There are three key areas where FPS needs your involvement. If members are willing to join the Key Contact Program’s efforts in these areas, please contact Margo Adams at


  • Meet with Key Legislators in their House and Senate Districts

FPS has targeted key legislators around the state who sit on various health care committees in the legislature. It is imperative that a local psychiatrist or a small group of psychiatrists from those legislators’ hometowns meet with them personally to discuss the importance of FPS’s legislative priorities. We need psychiatrists who are willing to attend district meetings with House and Senate members from their local area.


  • Agree to be “On-Call” to Travel to Tallahassee for Testimony

From March 5 through May 3, legislative committee meetings are held in Tallahassee. As FPS’s legislative priorities are scheduled for a committee hearing, we need our members to be “on-call” to travel to Tallahassee to meet with legislators who will cast votes on bills of interest to the psychiatry profession and practice. Being on-call may also involve brief committee testimony in favor of or against those issues important to FPS. Psychiatrists who volunteer to travel to Tallahassee and engage in the legislative process will be fully-briefed and accompanied by FPS’s advocacy team. Due to the fact that agendas for legislative committee hearings are typically not released until a few days prior to the meeting time, FPS needs psychiatrists who agree to hold one day, typically Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, on their schedule to be available for a trip to Tallahassee during legislative committee weeks or the legislative session. FPS will work with each psychiatrist to identify a date that works on his/her schedule, and will notify the psychiatrist three days in advance if he/she does not need to visit Tallahassee on that particular day.


An adjunct option to the “on-call” program is for a psychiatrist to serve as “Doctor of the Day” in Tallahassee. The Doctor of the Day program started in the 1960’s by a former House member who was a physician from Miami. Physicians who are willing to spend a day in Tallahassee during the legislative session perform an invaluable service by providing health care for members of the legislature and legislative employees. In addition, this program continues to be a vital component in improving and strengthening physician-legislator relations. The legislature needs two physicians for each day of the 60-day legislative session, one for the House of Representatives and one for the Senate. While serving as a “Doctor of the Day,” you will have the opportunity to visit with key legislators and attend legislative committee meetings to learn more about the legislative process. For more information on this program, select visit the website’s Advocacy Tab and select the Doctor of the Day Program.


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