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By Chris Thomas, CPNP Foundation President

I am thrilled to be stepping into the role of President for the CPNP Foundation Board of Directors for 2022 and 2023. What a tremendous time to be leading this organization alongside my fellow Board members. Our parent organization, the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) is celebrating 25 years of existence and recently announced their name change to the American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists. As the philanthropic arm of CPNP and the important, close alignment between CPNP and the Foundation, I am honored and pleased to announce that the CPNP Foundation will officially become the AAPP Foundation in 2022.

Although our name is changing, our mission “to advance the psychiatric pharmacy profession by supporting research, scholarship, and practitioner development” has not changed. We continue to envision “a world where individuals with mental health disorders receive optimal care because psychiatric pharmacists are an essential member of the health care team,” and we continue to support and conduct initiatives defined by our core purpose:

  1. Demonstrate the value of psychiatric pharmacists
  2. Contribute to the development of future leaders in the profession
  3. Support new practitioners
  4. Support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) relationship as well as similar patient advocacy organizations through modest mental health related campaigns and events at CPNP Annual Meetings

2022 is staged to be an exciting year. The Foundation has given more grants and new practitioner support than ever before, and we can’t wait to meet our grantees and see their results at the CPNP Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Finally, I want to send a resounding THANK YOU to our donors, Legacy Partners, and everyone who advocates for optimal care for our patients living with mental illness. We appreciate your past support and ask for your continued support as we embark on our journey as the AAPP Foundation.

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