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Oregon Governor Will Veto Bill To Give Prescriptive Authority to Psychologists

Governor Brown will veto House Bill 3355.
 
HOUSE BILL 3355 HB 3355 authorizes the State Board of Psychologist Examiners to issue prescriptive authority to licensed psychologists who meets specified requirements.
 
“Access to appropriate and timely mental health services is a serious issue in Oregon,” Governor Brown said. “I share the concerns about inadequate services that arose during the debate on this bill, particularly for children, vulnerable populations, and rural communities. Unfortunately, this is not a proven solution. There remains a lack of evidence that psychologist prescribing will improve access or quality of care. While prescription drugs may be appropriate mental health treatment for some patients, there are also significant health risks with some drug therapies. HB 3355 contains several flaws that prevent the policy from being implemented safely. I’m open to considering this policy in the future, but my concerns regarding services to underserved populations, an insufficient regulatory structure to prevent over-prescribing, and unclear lines of legal responsibility must first be addressed in order for me to consider signing similar legislation.”
Reference: Jack Wiggins, PhD post to the APA RxP Listserve, 8/9/2017.
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Illinois Rules for Prescribing Psychologists Approved

The Illinois Rules for the Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists’ statute was approved on 9/12/2017.  Psychologists can now begin to submit their applications for licensure as prescribing psychologists. It was reported there are more than 150 psychologists who are engaged in some facet of training to become prescribing psychologists in Illinois.
Also, Illinois has at least 15 graduate students who are ready to begin their training in Clinical Psychopharmacology at New Mexico State University, as a joint degree with their doctoral degrees from Illinois Universities, along with 75 undergraduate students who have chosen the “Pre-Prescribing Psychologist” curriculum at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  
Reference: Beth N. Rom-Rymer, PhD , posted to the APA RxP Listserve

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