The Society encourages participation and involvement among all its members. One of the best ways to get involved is to join one of our many active committees. Please email us at [email protected] if you are interested in joining a committee.

NYCPS Committees include:

Please note: You must be a member of NYCPS to be an official Committee member. Members of other local New York City District Branches are welcome to attend meetings as guests, pending approval by Committee Chairs.

Committee on Addiction Psychiatry (CAP)
Chair, Jeremy Kidd, M.D.

Committee Charge:
1. To encourage participation of NYCPS psychiatrists interested in the treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs).
2. To be available to the Officers, Executive Council, and other Committees and Task Forces of NYCPS for consultation when matters concerning SUDs in arise, including policy and legislative matters.
3. To encourage ongoing education within NYCPS on topics related to addiction psychiatry, including the evaluation, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment for SUDs.
4. To advocate for policies and programs that expand the availability of evidence-based SUD treatments and that reduce stigma faced by people with SUDs.
5. To serve a liaison function between NYCPS and other addiction-focused organizations in New York City (e.g. Area 2 of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry).

Committee on Advocacy and Government Relations (CAGR)
Chairs, David Roane, M.D. and Gabrielle Shapiro, M.D.

Committee Charge:
1. The Committee for Advocacy Government Relations (CAGR) advocates for the professional interests of NYCPS members and the interests of their patients with the public officials who serve New York City. It monitors local, state, and federal legislative and public policy issues that are of concern to New York City psychiatrists and their patients.
2. CAGR communicates with legislators and other public officials to ensure that officials critical to the formation of laws and regulations affecting the practice of psychiatry in NYC, are informed.
3. CAGR organizes events for NYCPS to inspire our members to be active politically and to advocate for their patients at the city, state, and national levels.
4. CAGR is responsible for hosting the annual Legislative Breakfast on behalf of NYCPS. The Committee considers questions and topics of discussion that will be most relevant to NYCPS members attending the Breakfast.
5. CAGR communicates the legislative priorities of NYCPS to NYSPA and national APA leadership. The Committee monitors the national APA legislative updates and works with the NYCPS Assembly Representatives to develop Action Papers and Position Papers that can be brought to the semi-annual Assembly meetings.

Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Chair, Barbara Bartlik, M.D.
Committee Charge:
Our mission is to further medical and public understanding of complementary and integrative medicine in psychiatry. We offer scientific sessions, listserv news and updates to our members. We educate our patients and the medical community.

Forensic Committee
Chairs, Stuart Kleinman, M.D. and Danielle Kushner, M.D.

Committee Charge:
1. Corrections - Provide guidance/education regarding design and use of SHU (Segregated Housing Units) for the (severely) mentally ill, particularly within the context of the general reduction of use/anticipated reduction of use of ‘solitary confinement’, and the ferment at Rikers Island, which potentially promises significant operational and structural changes.
This task overlaps with that of the mission of CAGR, but is not identical to such.
2. Courts - Educate judges regarding mental health issues, such as dangerousness of the severely mentally ill, PTSD and its potential manifestations, and the kind of discovery information psychiatrists need to effectively advise courts.
3. Law Enforcement - Educate law enforcement personnel regarding severe mental illness, toward attempting to reduce unnecessary or excessive use of physical force in managing ‘Emotionally Disturbed Persons’. This has become particularly important with the (actual or perceived) increase in number of homeless mentally ill.

Committee on HIV Psychiatry
Chairs, Hansel Arroyo, M.D. and Chloe Nims, M.D.

Committee Charge:
1. To support NYCPS members interested in HIV psychiatry and to work to improve the quality of care and management of people with HIV infection, people at risk of HIV infection, and people concerned about issues related to HIV.
2. To educate the NYCPS membership about HIV psychiatry and provide current and continuing medical information on the management of mental health issues for people infected with HIV or those at risk of acquiring HIV infection.
3. To support and encourage HIV advocacy, access to care, and education for the general public on issues related to HIV and comorbid psychiatric concerns.
4. To encourage psychiatric trainees and attending physicians, as well as allied health professionals, to acquire and maintain expertise in the mental health treatment of people infected with HIV
5. To provide a supportive and collegial community of NYCPS members who treat the mental health issues of people with HIV or populations at risk for HIV infection.

Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (LGBT)
Chair, Kenneth Ashley, M.D.

Committee Charge:
1. To encourage participation in NYCPS by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) members; to promote professional acceptance of LGBT NYCPS members by their colleagues.
2. To be available to the Officers, Executive Council, and other Committees and Task Forces of NYCPS for consultation when matters concerning gender and sexuality are discussed or require clarification; to present information on the experiences and perspectives of LGBT persons as they relate to psychiatric practice and theory; to advocate for the education and practice of LGBT-affirmative healthcare and mental health care.
3. To encourage ongoing education within NYCPS, enabling its members to have up to date and balanced understanding of gender and sexuality; to participate in such education programs when appropriate
4. To serve as an interface between the psychiatric and LGBT communities promoting a better understanding of each other

Psychiatrists for Community Empowerment (P4CE)
Chairs, Anna Costakis, M.D. and Salim El Sabbagh, M.D.

Committee Charge:
We believe that high quality mental health care and education can strengthen a community by improving mental health awareness, access to treatment, and decreasing stigma associated with mental illness. Better mental health of a community can lead to healthier families, less over-utilization of the healthcare system, fewer missed work days, improved quality of life, less substance abuse, decreased domestic violence and sexual abuse, and less violence. We also believe that access to height quality mental health care is a right for every member of society.
Our mission is to expand access to mental health care by forging relationships between psychiatrists and community based organizations and help psychiatrists make an IMPACT on the community by:
1. By providing pro bono mental health services to the under-served
2. Teach self-help strategies to community organizations
3. Provide psycho-educational lectures

Private Practice Committee
Chair, Eli Einbinder, M.D.

Committee Charge:
Description of our de facto charge is to elaborate and clarify evolving aspects of patient insurance and practice; and to disseminate that to NYCPS members as best we can; and to welcome NYCPS members to ask questions of us or attend our meetings.

Public Affairs Committee
Chairs, Jeffrey Freedman, M.D. and Vivian Pender, M.D.

Committee Charge:
1. To improve the positive image of psychiatry. To this end, to seek ways of reaching the print, radio, and television media, and to be readily available to media requests for information and for programs on the broad range of psychiatric subjects of interest to the general public.
2. To devise means for monitoring these programs so that we will have some basis for evaluating their effectiveness.
3. To open up channels of communication with the New York Medical Society in order to familiarize physician colleagues with psychiatrists’ special capabilities.
4. To continue to work with Area II Public Affairs Committee on their outreach projects.

Technology Committee
Chairs, Pallavi Joshi, D.O. and Orlando Klass, M.D.

Committee Charge:
The Technology Committee acts in an educational and consultative capacity to the NYCPS Executive Council and NYCPS members. Areas of interest and review may be suggested by Committee members, Council members, or Society members. Feedback may be provided at meetings, by memorandum, in articles or at presentations.
Additionally, the Technology Committee will serve as a special interest group in the area of technology in which members may explore topics of interest. These topics may or may not be brought to the Executive Council for development into topics for sharing with the membership.
Meetings will be held quarterly or more often as needed by the Society.

United Nations Committee
Chair, Vivian Pender, M.D.
Committee Charge:
1. To partner with the United Nations system including its agencies and member states.
2. To interact with other non-governmental organizations working with the UN system, particularly NGOs of potential interest to the psychiatric profession.
3. To make psychiatry visible and heard in the UN system, that is, to ensure humane, effective and high quality treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual disorders and substance abuse disorders.
4. To advance and represent the profession of psychiatry in the UN system.
5. To bring international issues and concerns of the United Nations to members of the New York County Psychiatric Society.
6. To consider, advise and consult to the UN system to promote international welfare.
The UN Committee will report to the New York County Psychiatric Society Executive Council to describe its participation as well as proposed future activities. It will collaborate with other committees.

*If you would like more information about this Committee, please contact us at [email protected] and let us know about any previous experience you have had with the United Nations or international governments.