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The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA, the Parity Act) ushered in a new era for health insurance coverage for mental health and substance use (mh/sud) disorders. The foundation for this was laid by the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996, and, significantly, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA) that was passed in 2010 contains a number of provisions that expand the reach of the mental health parity requirements of MHPAEA through yet-to-be-established health plans .

On April 29th the MPS held its Annual Dinner at the Chartwell Country Club in Severna Park.    First, Dr.

"What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know.  It's what we know for sure that just ain't so."

At last, I have something in common with Michael Jordan and Brett Favre, or perhaps fortunately merely one thing in common. I have been called back from retirement. Devang Gandhi was kind enough to ask if I would rekindle my psychopharmacology column, and I decided to accept. This time around, however, I hope to maintain a slightly different focus.                  

 I find it an ironic and even embarrassing fact that my prior article in this Journal about my planned retirement in June, 2011, was mailed out on the very same day on which, instead, I abruptly announced my permanent retirement on January 1st, 2011. I retired five months earlier than my patients and I had expected, and much earlier if you count the many prior absences that occurred in the Fall of 2010.

This issue brings coverage of the MPS Annual Dinner in April when we bid farewell to Dr. Anita Everett as President of the Society, and welcomed Dr. Andrew Angelino into that role: Congratulations to Dr. Everett on her successful tenure and best wishes to Dr. Angelino for a great year ahead. We also celebrate Dr. Bruce Hershfield’s successful completion of his term as Speaker of the APA Assembly.

 Sixty years ago, the Department of Psychiatry was founded at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Nathan Schnaper was one of the first psychiatrists to join Dr. Jacob Finesinger, the department’s first chair, remaining there for his entire career. Although he retired in 1996, he continued to attend in the cancer center on a part-time basis until about two months before his death on August 23, 2010 at the age of 92. He had been the longest living member of the faculty in the medical school.

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