Colorado Psychiatric Society

 Welcome to CPS!

We are an association of physicians whose mission is to promote excellence in psychiatric care through advocacy, education and research. CPS is a district branch of the American Psychiatric AssociationNC

Use this site as a reference for useful information on mental health issues, news about our society for current and potential members, and also to locate resources to further guide you. If you would like more information on the Colorado Psychiatric Society, please contact us using the information below.



How CPS Membership

Benefits YOU:

CPS is the only organization in Colorado actively working exclusively on your behalf and vigorously advocating for your professional interests.

Educational Seminars on Timely Topics and Social Events:  In the last two years, CPS held seminars on the critical topics of changes in CPT Coding and the DSM-5. We recently held a meeting on the unique topic of the neuroscience of psychotherapy, which cited fascinating research on the intersection of therapy and brain science. Our meetings provide an opportunity for networking, socializing and honoring members.  We also hold an annual holiday party dedicated to fun and making connections within the Colorado psychiatric community.

Leadership Opportunities:  CPS members have numerous opportunities for leadership roles with the Society by serving on our Executive Council and participating in various committees such as the Legislative, Ethics, Program and Public Information and Education Committees. Members also represent CPS by serving on important state and legislative commissions and task forces.

Advocacy for You, Your Patients and the Profession: The CPS Legislative Committee and expert Lobbyist Debbie Wagner work on legislation concerning mental health issues. Some of the crucial topics we focused on in 2014 included:  involuntary commitment; use of isolated confinement for people with mental illness; access to, and release of, medical records; and adding PTSD to the list of conditions approved for medical marijuana use, which was narrowly defeated in an important victory for CPS.

CPS Quarterly Newsletter, Updates and Website:  Our Society’s communications offer information on pressing topics, upcoming events and general resources for members.

Member Support: The CPS office provides personal attention and assistance to help members navigate professional situations and find information. 

Ethics: CPS is committed to upholding the integrity of the profession through education of members and resolution of ethical issues that are brought to the Society.

Membership Directory:  Members receive a listing in the CPS Membership Directory which is available on the Members-only section of our website.  Members may also obtain information about fellow members through our online password-protected database. 

Patient Referral Service: The CPS office connects callers with members’ practices and provides referrals to members who have availability for new patients.

Representation in the Mental Health and Medical Community:  CPS is a founding and active member of the Behavioral Healthcare Partnership, a consortium of nine organizations representing consumer and professional groups.  We also work closely with the Colorado Medical Society as well as state agencies.



As CPS President, I received last month for review and distribution to all members the wonderfully illustrated, thoughtfully done, evidence based “DIMENSIONS: Work and Well-Being Toolkit for Physicians”.
Like so many professionals, the time and energy to read, much less commit to such a reevaluation and reworking of one’s careers, is beyond most all of us on long days and late nights.
As psychiatrists we know better.
But do we do better?
Please take the time to review the entire toolkit one quiet evening, then, as a favor to yourself, your patients and colleagues, and especially to the people who don’t pay you to be with them, spend the rest of your life applying the carefully outlined pathways.
- Joe Christenson, MD





 To download the trifold, click here.

Please note that this meeting is for CPS Members only.


Annual Mental Health Stories:    

2014 Edition Now Available

There is no better way to counter mental health stigma than to tell stories that include examples of effective diagnosis, treatment, empathy and support from family, friends, employers and a therapeutic community. 
Read the Mental Health Stories 2014 by clicking here! Click here to read Mental Health Stories 2013 and here to read Mental Health Stories 2012, presented by CPS and CHARG Resource Center.



Behavioral Health Partnership

CPS is proud to be a member of the Behavioral Health Partnership, a group of nine stakeholder organizations whose mission is to raise awareness of mental health and substance use disorder issues and ensure quality systems of care and treatment, policy and funding for mental health through unified action. See About the Partnership for more information.


APA Twitter Chats

Want a way to keep up on Mental Health topics? Join the APA Twitter Chats at #YourMH each Friday at Noon. To join, use the hashtag #YourMH (stands for "Your Mental Health") or tweet to @apapsychiatric.


Important Information about

DSM-5 codes and payment

As you may know, beginning October 1, 2014, the United States will be transitioning to the ICD-10-CM system of medical codes. In anticipation of this change, DSM-5 includes both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes. However, questions from clinicians have arisen about the nature and purpose of the codes in DSM-5 and how they should be used in light of the impending adoption of ICD-10-CM. In order to ensure clinicians are fully aware of the issues surrounding the transition, the APA has developed a fact sheet (click here) to serve as a “quick guide for clinicians” in understanding the relationship between DSM and ICD.


Stop CPT Coding Abuses 

CPT code changes were intended to more accurately reflect the work psychiatrists do and improve patient access to care, but in some cases, payors are using them as an excuse to discriminate against psychiatric patients and their psychiatrists in violation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (2008).  Click here and help the APA help you and your patients.