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Updated November 25, 2002
Health Insurance Coverage and Mental Illness
A DRADA Program Cosponsored with the Pastoral Counseling Services
Thursday, January 16, 2003, 7:00 — 9:00 P.M.
Severna Park United Methodist Church
731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
You are invited to attend an educational program which will address issues regarding mental illness and insurance coverage on Thursday, January 16,
2003, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Our meeting place is a short drive from Baltimore, the Washington area, or Annapolis and the Eastern Shore — just seconds off Interstate I-97. There is ample free parking.
Our program features James P. Koch, Attorney-At-Law, who presented information on this topic for us several years ago. Mr. Koch received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. For more than 20 years he has represented clients in Maryland's state and federal courts. Issues that may be addressed at our
meeting include parity legislation, ERISA, coverage denials and terminations, pre-existing conditions, and Medicare/Medicaid coverage.
Everyone is welcome and there is no charge to attend. For more information, please call 410-955-4647; 202-955-5800; or visit www.drada.org.
Take 695 East to Route 97 South toward Annapolis. After passing the Route 100 intersection move toward the right lanes and take exit 10 A (Benfield Boulevard/Severna Park). Go one mile on Benfield through two lighted intersections to Severna Park United Methodist Church on the right.
From the DC area:
Take either 95 North or the Baltimore/Washington Parkway (295 North) to Route 32 East. From 32 East, exit at Route 97 North/Baltimore. Move left to get on Route 97 North toward Baltimore. Take exit 10 Benfield Boulevard/Severna Park. Go left at signal at end of ramp (Veteran's Highway). Take first right (Benfield Boulevard) and proceed approximately one mile. Severna Park United Methodist Church will be on
From Annapolis/Eastern Shore:
From Route 50 take I-97 North toward Baltimore. Take exit 10 Benfield Boulevard/Severna Park. Go left at signal at end of ramp (Veteran's Highway). Take first right (Benfield Boulevard) and proceed approximately one mile. Severna Park United Methodist Church
will be on your right.
Summaries of the 16th annual Mood Disorders Symposium Presentations
Were you unable to attend the DRADA symposium this year?
If you were in attendance, would you like a summary of your favorite speaker presentation?
Well, you're in luck! In the summer issue of Smooth Sailing, there will be summaries of all presentations made for the 16th annual symposium. Smooth Sailing is one of the benefits of a DRADA membership. To learn more about membership click here.
J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D. Named Chairman, Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Psychiatry - a letter from Edward Miller, M.D., CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Dean, Johns Hopkins Medical Faculty
February 14, 2002
I am delighted to report that J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D., is the Henry Phipps Professor and new chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, effective February 15. With "confidence, enthusiasm and unanimity" in recommending Dr. DePaulo’s appointment, the Search Committee headed by Jack Griffin and Sol Snyder commented on his "indispensable strengths in clinical psychiatry and teaching, and his exciting vision of the future of neuropsychiatric research."
Ray DePaulo is one of the world’s foremost investigators into the genetic bases of affective disorders. His ongoing research includes genetic studies of bipolar disorder and unipolar disorder, combined brain imaging and genetic studies of bipolar families, and studies to improve the high school health curriculum on depression and other mood disorders.
Dr. DePaulo received his B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) from Xavier University in Cincinnati and his M.D. from Hopkins. After completing his internship and residency at Hopkins, he began his full-time academic career with us in 1977 as assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and founding director of the Affective Disorders Clinic. He rose through the ranks to become associate professor in 1983 and professor in 1993.
A member of many prestigious professional societies and editorial boards, Dr. DePaulo also has been on several advisory committees, including those of the National Depression and Manic Depression Illness Association and the National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression. He is a founding member of the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association (DRADA).
In addition to his numerous awards for research in depression and bipolar disorder, Dr. DePaulo was invited to address the World Economics Forum in Davos, Switzerland, both in 2000 and 2001, about the burden of psychiatric disease on national and global economies. He is the author of two books, more than 90 scientific articles and six educational videos on depressive illness.
During his tenure at Hopkins, Dr. DePaulo has made great contributions to the clinical management of neuropsychiatric disorders and enjoyed extensive grant support from the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, the search committee noted "his ability to inspire medical students and young investigators about the future of psychiatry."
While we look forward to Dr. DePaulo’s leadership, I know you also join me in thanking Chester Schmidt for a superb job as Interim Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences – and, of course, Paul McHugh for his quarter century at the department’s helm.
Edward D. Miller, M.D.
SUMMIT ON WOMEN AND DEPRESSION: PROCEEDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
A new report was just released on March 15th focusing on depression in women by the American Psychological Association. The newly released report
summarized the proceedings of a summit meeting cosponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health that focused on depression in women. Over 35
experts from a variety of disciplines were in Attendance to provide reviews of research findings on women and depression, to provide recommendations on how these findings might inform health Policy and improve clinical practice, and to produce a targeted research agenda on women and depression. Findings
in four major areas are reflected in the report: the etiology of sex and gender differences in depression; treatment and prevention of depression in
women; treatment and prevention of depression in special populations of women; and services for women with depression. The entire report is
available in pdf format at www.apa.org/pi/wpo/women&depression.pdf.
(posted on March 28th by NIMH)
Volunteers Needed for Outreach Project
DRADA needs volunteers to give presentations at Baltimore-area hospitals and day treatment programs as part of our Hospital Networking Project. The goal is to introduce patients to support groups, peer support, referral services, and other resources that DRADA has to offer. If you are interested, please call DRADA at 410-955-4647 and leave a message, or call Jennifer Ecton at 410-614-4588.
Reference Shelf: Living and Coping with Mood Disorders
Our Reference Shelf now features three new books:
Support Group Leader Training
Interested in starting a mutual-help support group in your community? DRADA offers a one-day training program for prospective leaders at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Participants receive a training manual, materials and a deli lunch.
DRADA's next one-day training program for prospective support group leaders will be Saturday, January 18, 2003 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Advanced registration is required. To register or for more information, call Wendy Resnick at 410-987-1156. To learn more about the program and support groups, see Support Group Leader Training.
New Washington D.C. Phone Number
The D.C. phone number has changed from 202-884-3964. The new number is 202-955-5800.
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