Hope each of you enjoyed a great Thanksgiving break and had the opportunity to enjoy some good times with family, friends, and holiday fare. As psychiatric pharmacists, we have much to be thankful for. The first thanks that comes to my mind is the opportunities that we have every day to make a difference in the lives of our patients, their families, and their support systems. As pharmacy students, many of us who are now in mid-career were reticent to dream that pharmacists would be in the position as clinicians that we now enjoy. CPNP continues to work for you to keep pushing that reality beyond what we know today. A second thanks is for each of you that volunteer your time in order to make CPNP the organization that it is, a group of motivated, energized psychiatric and neurologic pharmacists with a collective focus of making a difference in the lives and minds of those whom we serve. Together, we are making a difference day by day, one patient at a time.

Congratulations are in order to our newly elected CPNP leadership. Julie Dopheide is our new president-elect; Ellie Elliott is the incoming secretary, and Troy Moore will be a Member-at-Large. These individuals will officially assume their new roles in July, 2012, but will be joining the current board of directors in an “ex officio” capacity in January so that they can hit the ground running in July. This year, as is our long-standing tradition, we had an impressive array of highly qualified leadership candidates on the ballot.

Tampa, Florida, will be the site of the CPNP Annual Meeting, Making Waves in Neuropsychiatric Pharmacy April 29–May 2, 2012. The program content and agenda is now set. The Program and Recertification Committees have done yeoman's work in putting this meeting together and we believe it has the potential to be a blockbuster based upon content alone, not to mention the sunny Tampa venue that awaits us after the long winter. As a CPNP member, you should have received a copy of the 2012 CPNP Annual Meeting brochure, which you can also download from the web site.

As the end of the year looms, many of you will be attending the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists mid-year meeting in New Orleans this next week. Best wishes to those who will be recruiting for psychiatric pharmacy residency candidates. Don't forget to attend the CPNP educational session on “Pain Management in Patients with Addiction” and CPNP's Residency Showcase booth.

Also remember that the CPNP Foundation Board, led by Foundation president Charlie Caley, is in the midst of the inaugural pledge campaign. To be designated as a Founding Circle donor, you must donate prior to March 31, 2012. Only donations received by December 31, 2011, are deductible for the 2011 tax year. Donations made between January 1 and March 31, 2012, will count towards Founding Circle status, but will apply to tax year 2012. Pledges beyond the Founding Circle campaign can be designated by you at cpnpfoundation.org.

In closing, hope you all are enjoying the busy holiday season, continued success, and good health.

Until Next Time-

Jerry McKee Pharm.D., M.S., BCPP