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January 2020

The Importance of Mental Health Advocacy in the Current Political Climate

January 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Physicians routinely advocate on behalf of individual patients within the clinical care setting but can have even broader impact when serving as advocates within the legislative arena. With the proper tools, physicians can help shape health care policy in order to improve access to quality, evidence-based care for all patients. Dr. Koss will assist psychiatrists in developing skills to more effectively speak with legislators and policy makers about a broad range of topics, including mental health parity, network adequacy, prior…

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The Importance of Mental Health Advocacy in the Current Political Climate

January 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Debra Koss, MD, President of the NJ Psychiatric Association (NJPA), will meet with colleagues from the NJPA Southern Chapter to discuss the importance of physician engagement in advocacy. Dr. Koss will review the importance of building a constituent relationship with elected officials and will introduce strategies to more effectively communicate with legislators and policy makers. Dr. Koss will also review current NJPA advocacy priorities.

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February 2020

The Importance of Mental Health Advocacy in the Current Political Climate

February 4, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rutgers NJ Medical School

Debra Koss, MD, is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and a steadfast advocate for individuals and families living with mental illness. She is currently serving as the President of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association (NJPA). Dr. Koss will meet with the psychiatry residents at New Jersey Medical School to discuss the importance of physician engagement in mental health advocacy. Dr. Koss will draw from her own experiences in advocacy to illustrate the impact physicians can have on health…

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March 2020

Psychiatric Symptoms in the Classroom

March 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sparta High School, Sparta, NJ 07871 Sparta, New Jersey 07871 + Google Map

Debra Koss, MD, a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with more than 25 years clinical experience, looks forward to meeting with parents of children in grades K through 12  to discuss the basics of children's mental health. Dr. Koss will provide an overview of some of the more common childhood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, autism and ADHD, and will describe the impact of symptoms on classroom learning. Dr. Koss will also review the importance of early intervention and…

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Psychiatry in 2020: Why Advocacy Matters

March 21, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
NJ Hospital Association Princeton, NJ + Google Map

Debra Koss, MD is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and steadfast advocate for individuals and families living with mental illness. She is currently serving as President of the NJ Psychiatric Association (NJPA). Dr. Koss has  provided testimony before the NJ state legislature, has organized state and federal advocacy initiatives and has developed advocacy training resources. Dr. Koss will draw upon her own experiences to engage NJPA members in a discussion "The Importance of Physician Engagement in Mental Health…

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October 2020

Advocacy Bootcamp

October 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Dr. Koss will provide attendees with strategies to engage in state level mental health advocacy as an individual child and adolescent psychiatrist and as a member of the NJ Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Using Mental Health Parity to Improve Mental Health Outcomes

October 23, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dr. Koss will outline strategies to advocate for the implementation of mental health parity legislation at the state level.

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Networking for Women in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

October 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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December 2020

Mental Health Advocacy in the Time of a Pandemic

December 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Debra Koss serves as NJCCAP's Legislative Chair and AACAP's Advocacy Liaison. Dr. Koss will discuss the importance of physician engagement in mental health advocacy and discuss advocacy strategies for use in the current political climate.

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The Importance of Mental Health Advocacy in the Current Political Climate

December 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Debra Koss, MD, President of the NJ Psychiatric Association (NJPA), will meet with colleagues from the NJPA Northern Chapter to discuss the importance of physician engagement in advocacy. Dr. Koss will review the importance of building a constituent relationship with elected officials to more effectively communicate with legislators and policy makers. Dr. Koss will also review current NJPA advocacy priorities.

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