Origins of the AACP
Some of the members of the AACP's first Board of Directors
Back row, left to right:Cecil C Hudson, MDAnthony Arce, MDJerry Vaccaro, MDRon Elson, MDCarl Bell, MDDonald Brown, MDLyndley Winston, MD
List of AACP Past Presidents
Gordon H. Clark, Jr. M.D, M.Div.
Clifton R. Tennison, Jr., M.D.
Michael A. Silver, M.D.
Charles W. Huffine, M.D.
Jacqueline M. Feldman, M.D.
Wesley E. Sowers, M.D.
Hunter L. McQuistion, M.D.
Anita S. Everett, M.D.
Early AACP related writings by Gordon Clark, MD, the AACP’s Founding President
Community Psychiatry: Problems and Possibilities
This work is described by its author, Dr. Clark, as a “manifesto” of sorts. In this monograph, published by McNeil Pharmaceutical in 1987, he reviewed the historical context of why, in 1984, he thought there was a need for such an organization, and outlined the two primary purposes he envisioned it serving: 1) to provide collegial support for CMHC psychiatrists who, not uncommonly, found themselves marginalized, isolated, and alienated, and 2) to develop guidelines for psychiatric practice within CMHCs, most importantly a model job description for medical directors which seeks to ensure that authority is commensurate with medico-legal responsibility. The monograph has three chapters:
CMHCs and Psychiatrists: A Necessarily Polemical Review
A Survey of CMHC Psychiatrists Regarding Their Perceived Need for a National Association
Quality Care at Risk in CMHCs: A Need for Standards of Psychiatric Practice
Guidelines for Psychiatric Practice in CMHCs
Developing these was one of two main purposes Dr. Gordon Clark envisioned the AACP serving, the other being providing collegial support. The background of the 'APA Guidelines,' linked below, is copied from p.120 of Dr. Clark's # 8 article listed in the above articles section. The original Guidelines were approved by the APA’s Board of Trustees in 1988 and published in the July, 1991 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. The ‘Resource Document for Psychiatric Practice in CMHCs’, published in 1998 and linked below, incorporated subsequent revisions.