Last night, the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) recommended a draft Policy Platform to the Board; there are two versions of the draft: one streamlined and one more substantive. The Board agreed to forward the GAC’s recommendation to forward both versions to each district branch for consideration. Each council will be allowed all the time necessary to review both documents and provide feedback to the GAC and the Board. The hope is that at least the streamlined document can be approved this year by all five California district branches. Councils will have more time to consider the lengthier draft of the proposed policy platform.
As stated last week, this process has been – and will continue to be – open and transparent, inclusive, and democratic – the hallmarks of CSAP decision making on behalf of psychiatrists in California. The decision to forward these documents was exhaustive – the decisions of the GAC and Board were unanimous.