State Advocacy

Meet our lobbyist: Shaw Yoder Antwih Schmelzer & Lange

NCPS is pleased to announce that we have formed an allicance with the Orange County Psychiatric Society and the San Diego Psychiatric Society to facilitate state level advocacy for our collective members through the California State Association of Psychiatrists (CSAP). CSAP will consist of member respresentatives from the leadership of these three District Branches and will seek to advocate efficiently and effectively for orgianized psychiatry and high quality patient care in California. CSAP will work collaboratively with other like-minded organizations for the collective effort of influencing and creating policy and legislation in Sacramento. CSAP has hired the professional lobbying and administrative services of Shaw, Yoder, Antwih, Schmelzer & Lange(link is external)(SYASL). SYASL is perennially ranked among California's top ten advocacy firms with proven history of sponsoring and defeating legislation and extensive expertise in the behavioral health landscape. The lobbyists and legislative advocates working on our behalf are:

  • Paul Yoder, one of the founding partners in the firm and lobbyist in California for over 30 years, has spent almost his entire career working in behavioral health issues.
  • Andrew Antwih, another partner in the firm, recently ranked in the Top 100 influencers in all of California by California Weekly magazine. 
  • Pricilla Quiroz, former staff member to Senator Nancy Skinner and lead lobbyist at the firm for California Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 

We introdued SYASL during our Annual Membership Meeting in October where they provided an overview of their experience and participated in a Q&A discussion with members. You can view the recording of that meeting below.



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