The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) Committees, Editorial Boards, and Task Forces are the lifeblood of the organization linking the association with the attitudes and real world of its members. CPNP Committees ensure group participation in problem solving and provide a forum for the many interests within CPNP.

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You can review information on current Committee Charges and activities through the links provided below or by downloading the PDF version.

Ad Hoc Volunteer Opportunities: Throughout the year, the CPNP committees, leadership and membership identify issues of immediate need beyond the scope of our existing committee structure. Calls for ad hoc volunteers are issued related to specific initiatives such as white paper development and task force work with a specific goal and timeline.

Abstracts and Awards Council: The Abstracts and Awards Council oversees the scientific poster sessions and the Research and Practice Awards at the CPNP Annual Meeting each year. The poster sessions provide a unique opportunity for networking, the promotion of scholarly activity, and the dissemination of the latest psychiatric pharmacotherapeutic research findings. The council leads the abstract peer review process and works to continually improve the poster session experience.

Business Development Council: The Business Development Council is responsible for securing sponsorships and grants for the CPNP Annual Meeting. As well, this council works to generate ideas which serve as the basis for industry supported symposia and product theaters on topics of interest to CPNP Annual Meeting attendees.

Community Leaders Council: The Community Leaders Council consists of the members who have been identified as leaders within each existing CPNP Community. The council exists to formalize the role of the community leader, to provide consistency between the communities, to share ideas between leaders, and to promote commitment to the goals of the community initiative.

Consumer Relations Committee: The Consumer Relations Committee is charged with managing CPNP's consumer advocacy partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Consumer Relations provides services and identifies and takes action on issues and activities of common interest. Current ongoing activities include maintaining the "Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist" columns, providing education at the NAMI Annual Meeting, and providing information and resources for CPNP members desiring to be involved in consumer advocacy organizations at the local level.

Government Affairs Council: This Board appointed council is responsible for pursuing and managing organizational legislative initiatives. This council also manages relationships with partner organizations and monitors and provides input into legislative issues having impact on the CPNP membership and the neuropsychiatric pharmacy profession. Development of organizational positions and strategic alliances, monitoring, and grassroots communication plans are the responsibility of this council.

Medication Fact Sheet Editorial Board: The Medication Fact Sheet Editorial Board authors and revises the medication fact sheets that appear on the NAMI website.  

Mental Health Clinician Editorial Board: The Mental Health Clinician Editorial Board creates and promotes the monthly Mental Health Clinician electronic journal for CPNP members. Thematic content brings timely and relevant information to neuropsychiatric health care professionals.

Nominations Council: The Board appoints a Nominating Council to nominate candidates for vacating officer positions on the CPNP Board of Directors and for the Judith J. Saklad Memorial Award. The Nominating Committee consists of the three most immediate past presidents and two senior members of CPNP as approved by the Board of Directors.

Program Committee: The Program Committee designs your CPNP Annual Meeting. Their responsibilities include speaker selection and communication, objectives design, review of programming materials, adherence to accreditation standards, and innovative programming implementation and evaluation.

Recertification Editorial Board: The Recertification Editorial Board is responsible for developing and implementing standards for CPNP’s approved BCPP recertification programming via the BCPP Recertification Live and Literature Analysis programming. Their responsibilities include speaker selection and communication, objectives design, curriculum review, test question review to ensure validity and reliability, and programming implementation and evaluation.

Resident and New Practitioner Committee: The Resident and New Practitioner Committee is responsible for representing and providing service to residents, fellows, new practitioners and residency directors. Some of the primary goals of this committee are to increase the visibility of the profession, recruit students into residencies in cooperation with the student committee, increase the number of residencies and provide membership value to residents, fellows, residency directors and new practitioners.

Review Course Editorial Board: The Review Course Editorial Board is responsible for developing and implementing standards for CPNP's Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review Course. Their responsibilities include speaker selection and communication, objectives design, curriculum review, test question review to ensure validity and reliability, and programming implementation and evaluation.

Student Committee: The Student Committee focuses on recruiting and serving student members of CPNP. The ultimate goal is to encourage students to select psychiatric pharmacy as a career. The committee is also responsible for the development, implementation and management of CPNP student chapters that currently exist at many pharmacy schools around the country.

Theory to Practice Case Editorial Board: The Theory to Practice Case Series Editorial Board is responsible for developing this case based BCPP recertification product. Their responsibilities include author/speaker selection and communication, product design, curriculum review, test question review to ensure validity and reliability, and programming implementation and evaluation.