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 to locate resources if you need help. If you would like more information, please contact us using the information below.


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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.

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

Educational Seminars on Timely Topics and Social Events:  CPS’s annual educational meetings on exciting topics also provide an opportunity for networking, socializing and honoring members. In addition, we host an annual Winter Party solely dedicated to fun and building connections with the community.

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 2016 include: mental health holds; end of life options; recording of court ordered sanity and mental condition examinations; and the interstate medical licensure compact.

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.

CPS Quarterly Newsletter, Updates and Website:  CPS communications offer information on pressing topics, upcoming events and general resources for members. In 2015, we conducted an overhaul of the CPS newsletter and moved to a magazine style platform with mobile device compatibility to create a fresh, modern experience so members can better enjoy the newsletter, whether it is viewed on a computer, smartphone or tablet.

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, an online password-protected database available in the Members-only section of our website. 

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

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.



Work & Well-being for Physicians

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Behavioral Health Partnership

CPS is proud to be a member of the Behavioral Health Partnership, a group of 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.



Mental Health Stories 2015


Read Mental Health Stories 2015 here

Our purpose is to reduce stigma through broadly communicating stories. 

It is our idea that sharing your mental health story may be a positive, healing experience for you and others.



The Mental Health Stories project is a partnership between the Public Information and Education Committee of the Colorado Psychiatric Society and the CHARG Resource Center. In 2015, we broadened its impact by inviting Peer Specialists to play an active role in the Mental Health Stories Committee. We received numerous entries and, after much debate, eight honoraria were awarded. We hope you learn as much as we have reading these stories.

Mental Health Stories 2014

Mental Health Stories 2013

Mental Health Stories 2012

If you are interested in sharing your story, being a co-sponsoring organization or otherwise becoming involved in the fifth annual Mental Health Stories project in 2016, please contact us at 303-692-8783 or


Ensure Your Patients Get Benefits

The APA has created a poster explaining the 10 key elements of the mental health parity law and the steps to take when a violation is suspected.

The poster is available in English or Spanish and can be downloaded at:


Display the poster in your waiting room or office, share it with community leaders and employers, and provide handouts to patients.




Current Committee Opportunities:

CPS Awards Committee          Distinguished Fellowship Committee

Program Committee                Public Information and Education (PIE)

Legislative Committee             Newsletter Co-Editor

Click here for more information and let CPS know which opportunities you are interested in by emailing


ICD-10 Transition     

The APA has developed a guide on how to use the DSM-5 when transitioning to ICD-10, as well as a 5-minute video that clarifies how the ICD-10 codes are included in the DSM-5.  The guide and video can be found here.


 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 or tweet to @apapsychiatric.