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Frequently Asked Questions


As a professional association, the CPA strives to engage and inform physician members. In addition, our structure and governance create accountability, not only to CPA members, but to the practice of psychiatry throughout California. Below are commonly asked questions but we encourage you to contact us directly if we have not covered an area of inquiry.

What are the benefits of CPA Membership

​Because of our active participation in the legislative process, members receive immediate notofication of policy issues that may impact the practice of psychiatry in California and the nation. Members become active participants in influencing legislation and providing critical information to lawmakers and the media. In addition, our members build an egaged and active community of professional colleagues throughout the state to their mutual benefit.


How much time must a member commit?

CPA offers powerful opportunities for engagement and contributions to policy making, yet members have no obligation to attend any meetings or join any of the committees. CPA has many committees with volunteer members who work on issues that run the gamut from managed care and parity to state facilities and judicial action. Typically these committees are comprised of members nominated by district branches. CPA also sponsors one annual CME meeting a year. District Branches often sponsor their own events.


How many meetings must I attend?

The CPA sponsors just one annual meeting. However, members who participate in committees and other special CPA groups may choose to meet on occasion or through conference calls when necessary.


How big is CPA?

Currently, CPA has about 3,500 members statewide and is always looking to engage more physician members to help create robust and effective mental health policy throughout California.


Aready belong to the APA?

 Great! Your membership to the American Psychiatric Association means that you are automatically a member of the CPA as well as a member of your local District Branch. Learn more on the APA's Membership Page.


What are membership Requirements and Dues?

Here are the membership categories:

General Member (including Early Career Psychiatrists) - Physicians who have completed an acceptable program of training in psychiatry, and hold either a valid license to practice medicine or hold an academic, research, or governmental position that does not require licensure;
Resident-Fellow Member - Physicians who have been accepted into a psychiatric residency training program that is approved by the ACGME, RCPS(C), or AOA and remain enrolled therein;
Medical Student Member - Individuals who are enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian school of medicine,including osteopathic medicine, and remain enrolled therein.  (Medical Student Members are dues exempt and are exempt from dual membership requirement) and,
International Member - Physicians who live outside the United States and Canada and who meet the criteria established for General Members. Applicants for this category must be licensed physicians who have completed an acceptable program in training in psychiatry.


California Membership Dues:
There is a mutual membership requirement in APA with District Branches and State Associations. In California, three levels of required membership comprise local District Branch membership and APA membership as well as membership in the California Psychiatric Association. The state-level dues for the California Psychiatric Association support legislative, administrative and judicial advocacy on behalf of the California District Branches, primarily by work with elected officials in the State Capitol. 















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