We are now only days away from our annual meeting in Tampa. A couple of last-minute thoughts are in order as we prepare for the 15th annual meeting of our rapidly evolving professional society. We are honored to have Dr. Linda Strand conducting the pre-meeting workshop for us this year. In response to the enormous “buzz” created by her presentation at the 2011 annual meeting, Dr. Linda Strand agreed to host the pre-meeting workshop on effective strategies for integrating medication therapy management into our practices. Consistent with the recent CPNP position statement on the integration of psychiatric pharmacists into the primary care medical home, the emphasis of this workshop is on the role of the pharmacist in the new organizational structures of the medical home and accountable care organizations. Further, the program will demonstrate what payers want from pharmacists who wish to provide medication management services. Attendees will have the opportunity to get important questions answered and understand what changes are needed to achieve and maintain a successful practice, as well as to learn from individuals in the private sector who have experience in delivering comprehensive medication management services. There is still space available for this session.

I would also strongly encourage each of you to attend and participate in the “Town Hall Meeting” after the NAMI walk on Wednesday. This is a great place to discuss the challenges and opportunities we face in psychiatric pharmacy as well as to discuss CPNP plans for 2012–2013. Here are just a few things that we should consider as potential topics for discussion at this session (and there are innumerable others): the growth and development of CPNP student chapters, the Movement Disorders DVD, the Mental Health Clinician, financial sustainability in the future and marketing partnerships, the psychiatric pharmacy manifesto and white paper on psychiatric pharmacist integration into the medical home, increasing volunteer opportunities and leadership development, and legislative efforts.

In closing, if you are undecided about attending this meeting, it is not too late. I invite you to review the meeting brochure and browse the online resources. On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Program Committee, and the Recertification Committee, we look forward to hosting you in Tampa as we prepare to make a difference.

Until next time, I hope you will be well and continue to be professionally active.

Jerry McKee PharmD, MS, BCPP- President- CPNP