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New York, New York…


Will you be in New York City for the Annual Meeting later this week?  If so, join PRMS at these upcoming events:

Telepsychiatry: What You Need To Know 
Friday, May 4
7:30 am – 12:15 pm OR 12:30 pm – 5:15 pm
New York Hilton Midtown (1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York City) 
Click here for more details and to register today!

Manfred S. Guttmacher Award Presentation 
Saturday, May 5
8:00 am
Javits Center (655 W. 34th St, New York City) Please check directory for exact location

“Suicide and Suicide Risk Assessment: A Core Competence”
APA Annual Meeting (registration required)
Panel with Lisa Gold, MD, Cheryl Wills, MD, Richard Frierson, MD, Kaustubh Joshi, MD, Donna Vanderpool, JD, MBA, PRMS VP Risk Management
Monday, May 7
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Liberty, Marriott Marquis (1535 Broadway, New York City)

PRMS is pleased to support many organizations that will be meeting in New York City this May, such as:

  • American Association of Community Psychiatrists (AACP)
  • American Association of Psychiatric Administrators (AAPA)
  • Association of LGBTQ+ Psychiatrists (AGLP)
  • Association of Women Psychiatrists (AWP)
  • Indo-American Psychiatric Association (IAPA)
  • Senior Psychiatrists
  • Society of Uniformed Services Psychiatrists (SUSP)
  • Southern Psychiatric Association (SPA)
  • And more

 

The PRMS team will be out and about and we hope to run into as many friendly faces as possible.

Thanks to all of you for your support of PRMS.  It is an honor to have you as a client.

To learn more about the superior insurance program and comprehensive services offered by PRMS, click here.

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PRMS Shines a Light on Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry


We would like to take a moment to shine a light on a mental health foundation PRMS contributes to and the important work they are doing to promote mental health.

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc. (Foundation) works both to educate the public about mental health issues and also with psychiatrists to broaden their contributions to the welfare of psychiatric patients. The Foundation has an impressive agenda including public service radio announcements with timely information on psychiatry and mental health topics such as opioid abuse and how training helps police help the mentally ill, an oral history project documenting the careers of prominent Maryland psychiatrists, and an annual award for news articles or letters that help destigmatize mental illness.

“Our goal is to act as a bridge between psychiatric medicine and the general public, presenting understandable information to those who need it,” said Heidi Bunes, executive director of the Baltimore-based Maryland Psychiatric Society, which provides administrative support to the Foundation.

Public Service Radio Announcements

Each year, the Foundation writes and produces minute-long spots aired on local radio stations. Topics have included guns and mental illness, mental illness among prison inmates, mental health parity, suicide prevention, holiday and recession depression, bullying and one titled “Who Are Psychiatrists and What Do They Do?” Visitors can listen to or download spots at http://mdpsychfoundation.org. The group runs web-based ad campaigns in the Baltimore Sun concurrently with the radio spots.

The ads appear to be working. Traffic to the Foundation’s website spikes when ads run and stories generated in the local news often address topics featured in the spots. Best of all, callers seeking referrals have mentioned them. “We think that they reach a lot of people,” said Neil E. Warres, MD, president of the Foundation, past president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society and former Chief of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center.

A recent segment talked about how a Baltimore Crisis Response Inc. program is training city police officers to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and hopefully avoid tragedies.

“The goal is to teach police officers specific steps they can take to deescalate crises so that people don’t simply become violent,” said Warres.

Oral History Project

For more than a decade, Foundation volunteers have been hard at work on an oral history project featuring interviews with distinguished Maryland psychiatrists that explores the impact of changes in the profession on psychiatrists in the 20th century. The Foundation plans to make interviews available on its website – both as audio files and as transcripts.

“People will be able to hear or read about some rather prominent psychiatrists, why they became a psychiatrist, and what a psychiatric practice was like in their day,” said Warres. For now, PDF copies of transcripts are available by email and interviews and transcripts can be viewed in the Maryland Psychiatric Society office.

Maryland Institute College of Art Collaboration

Since 2009, the Foundation has also partnered with the Maryland Institute College of Art, which created a website and YouTube video campaign called “Love From Depression” (www.LoveFromDepression.com) to help college students struggling with depression and anxiety.

Maryland Psychiatric Society Collaboration

Since its inception more than 25 years ago, the Foundation has collaborated with the Maryland Psychiatric Society on public events such as screenings of the films “A Beautiful Mind” and “The Hours.” Another event featured Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Medicine, whose work has centered on bipolar disorder, which she has had since early adulthood. In 2003, the Foundation provided seed money for “The Building of a Sanctuary,” a Maryland Public Television documentary about the early history of Sheppard Pratt Hospital. In 2016, it helped sponsor a lecture about Beethoven and performance by Dr. Richard Kogan, a noted psychiatrist and Juilliard-trained concert pianist who speaks frequently about the lives and struggles of musicians who had psychiatric problems.

Anti-stigma Advocacy Award

Meanwhile, the Foundation’s annual Anti-Stigma Advocacy Award provides $500 for the best local or regional article or letter to the editor in which someone shares their experience with mental illness, writes something that helps others overcome their inability to talk about mental illness or makes “particularly insightful observations” about mental illness. The 2017 winner was Baltimore psychiatrist John Lion, MD, whose article “Steadfast Talking is the Only Cure for Suicide” in the Baltimore Sun reassured readers that even serious mental illness like depression can be overcome, even if there are setbacks along the way that evoke suicidal thoughts.

Warres said much of what the Foundation does is possible because of donations and partnerships with groups such as PRMS.

“PRMS certainly has been a very generous sponsor both with financial contributions and now by helping publicize the Foundation,” Warres said. “We’re very grateful for their support.”

Melanie Smith, PRMS Senior Vice President, Client Relations said PRMS is honored to lend a hand. “We are delighted to shine a spotlight on the Foundation’s campaigns and activities as it continues building awareness about psychiatry and works to continue moving the needle to help destigmatize mental illness.”

The Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization; donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To donate or for more information, visit www.mdpsychfoundation.org or follow the Foundation on Twitter via @MFP_Inc.

To learn more about the superior insurance program and comprehensive services offered by PRMS, click here.

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Supporting Residents in Indiana


The 2017 Indiana Psychiatric Society (IPS) Fall Symposium took place December 2 in Carmel, Indiana. The meeting topic was “The Opioid Epidemic: How Did We Get Here and Where Do We Go From Here.” The day was filled with active discussions on the Indiana State Department of Health actions to fight the crisis, opioid use during pregnancy and alternative strategies to eliminate use.

Five PRMS scholarships were awarded to Indiana University and Community Hospital psychiatry residents to attend the Fall Symposium. The doctors were very appreciative of PRMS’ support. Here is what one of the scholarship recipients said:

“Thank you very much for your sponsorship of resident scholarships to attend the Indiana Psychiatric Society Fall Symposium 2017. This is a unique learning opportunity, with a critically timed focus on the Opioid Epidemic, which affects so many of our patients. I greatly appreciate your support, and that of PRMS, in making this event possible, and for making it possible for me and many other resident physicians to attend. I am eager to share and apply the knowledge that I learn from this symposium, and thank you again for your generous support. Have a wonderful holiday season!” -PGY-2 Resident, Indiana University School of Medicine

To learn more about IPS, please visit their website or email Sara Stramel Brewer, IPS Executive Director. Also, join IPS at the 2018 Regional Integrated Mental Health Conference April 20-22 in West Baden Springs, Indiana.

To learn more about the superior insurance program and comprehensive services offered by PRMS, click here.

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A Special Holiday Message from PRMS


On behalf of the PRMS team, we wish you a joyful holiday season and a new year full of good health and much happiness.

We appreciate the opportunity to be of service to our clients and the behavioral healthcare community. In recognition of the commitment and care psychiatrists provide their patients and to say “thank you,” we will once again make donations to four charities that focus on helping those in need of mental health care. This year we will continue to support NAMI, Give an Hour, Total Family Care Coalition, and  Kraftlove.

1. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – We so appreciate the advocacy and dedication of NAMI to ensure access to mental health treatment for those affected by mental illness.

2. Give an Hour – This initiative provides mental health services for our troops and their families by recruiting mental health professionals to volunteer their expertise and time.

3. Total Family Care Coalition – This DC-area based charity helps families with emotional, behavioral and mental health difficulties. 

4. Kraftlove – This organization partners with hospitals and organizations to deliver interactive art projects to hospitalized children. From its website “Our mission at Kraftlove is simple: To help children cope with illness through the joy of creativity.”    
                                                                
Happy Holidays!

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The Life of PRMS: Chris Torre, Account Advisor, Insurance Services


I began my journey with PRMS in May 2007 as a Marketing Coordinator.  While I had experience working in the financial sector, it was my first position the insurance and medical fields.  Over the years, my exposure to insurance and interactions with those in the medical profession, led me to explore a career in insurance underwriting. 

It was shortly after obtaining my Property and Casualty Producer License in April 2013 that I transitioned to Account Advisor in the Insurance Services Department.  I have learned a great deal about insurance underwriting and understanding the challenges our clients face.  What I love about my position is that it allows me to interact directly with our clients and to be of service and support so that they can concentrate on treating their patients.  Through the years, I have formed friendships with my colleagues, our clients, and those in the mental health community.  

I am very proud to be a part of a team of insurance professionals who have not only made a positive impact upon the industry, but a positive impact upon our insureds as well.

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