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The Wisconsin Psychiatric Association (WPA) was founded in 1957 as a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The organization is incorporated under the State of Wisconsin as a not-for-profit, professional medical specialty society. WPA represents more than 400 psychiatric physician members who are committed to continuously improving quality treatment for persons with mental illnesses.


WPA is the professional association of psychiatrists in Wisconsin advancing mental healthcare through leadership in education, service and advocacy.


Accessible, high quality mental healthcare for the people of Wisconsin.

  • To improve the treatment, rehabilitation, and care of patients needing mental healthcare.
  • To promote research, professional education in psychiatry and allied fields, and the prevention of psychiatric disability.
  • To advance the standards of all psychiatric services and facilities.
  • To foster the cooperation of all who are concerned with the medical, psychological, social and legal aspects of mental health and illness.
  • To make psychiatric knowledge available to other practitioners of medicine, to scientists in other fields of knowledge, and to the public.
  • To promote the best interests of patients and those actually or potentially making use of mental health services. 


The bylaws of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association are available here.