Legislative Update

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Bill Status of HB3074 98th General Assembly

PRESCRIBING PSYCHOLOGIST CERT

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act. Provides that the Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board shall grant certification as prescribing psychologists to doctoral level psychologists licensed under the Act. Provides application requirements for certification as a prescribing psychologist. Provides that the Board shall establish a method for the renewal every 2 years of prescribing psychologist certificates. Provides procedures for safety and record keeping. Provides that when a psychologist is authorized to prescribe controlled substances, a prescribing psychologist shall file, in a timely manner, any individual Drug Enforcement Agency registrations and identification numbers with the Board. Requires certain communication between the Board and the State Board of Pharmacy. Provides requirements for licensure by endorsement. Defines related terms. Amends the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. Includes prescribing psychologist in the definition of "prescriber".

Learn more and track the bill’s progress here.

Bill Status of SB2187 98th General Assembly

PRESCRIBING PSYCHOLOGIST CERT

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act. Provides that the Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board shall grant certification as prescribing psychologists to doctoral level psychologists licensed under the Act. Provides application requirements for certification as a prescribing psychologist. Provides that the Board shall establish a method for the renewal every 2 years of prescribing psychologist certificates. Provides procedures for safety and record keeping. Provides that when a psychologist is authorized to prescribe controlled substances, a prescribing psychologist shall file, in a timely manner, any individual Drug Enforcement Agency registrations and identification numbers with the Board. Requires certain communication between the Board and the State Board of Pharmacy. Provides requirements for licensure by endorsement. Defines related terms. Amends the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. Includes prescribing psychologist in the definition of "prescriber".

Learn more and follow the bill’s progress here.

Legislative Activity and Alerts

The IPA is very active in the legislative process at both the state and federal level. As an organization, the IPA takes stands in support of, and opposition to, bills. It also introduces bills to the state legislature. IPA members, interested psychologists and consumers are encouraged to play a role in the legislative process and this section of the Website provides them with the tools needed to engage in this process.

I. Description:
The Legislative Committee is charged with the following responsibilities:
1) Monitoring, developing and promoting legislation at State and Federal levels which has relevance to the interest and practice of psychology,

2) Developing and maintaining relationships with legislators and legislative committees having an interest in the mental health and well-being of the citizens of Illinois.

3) Recommending to Council legislative actions to be taken in the interest of the
profession and the public.

II.Meetings:
Generally the 3rd Friday of the month @ 1:00 PM @ the IPA office ( except January, April, June , and September when meetings are on the 3rd Saturday from 8:00AM to 9:20 AM immediately proceeding IPA quarterly Council meetings which start @ 9:30AM).

III.Continuing Education Events:
The IPA-LC generally presents a formal workshop @ the IPA Annual Convention in November. This event typically runs 1 ½ hours affording participants 1.5 CE’s.

iV. State/Federal bills/acts being addressed currently (mid 2012)
1.Manditory CE;
2.Probate Act HB2277;
3.Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists

V. State/ Federal bills/acts addressed in the last year/s ( 2011-2012)
1. HB 1530 Parity;
2. HB 1193 Recoupment/Clawback;
3.HB 2227/SB 2015 Probate Act;
4. HB5823 Health Care Services Liens;
5. SB 3410 Concussion Legislation

VI.Advocacy:
IPA-LC sponsored and hosted our first advocacy event on Saturday May, 7, 2011. IPA-LC had an organized group represent the IPA via walking in the Pink 5K for Breast Cancer/Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in Oak Brook, Il. IPA and IPA-LC Literature was distributed as well as handouts regarding psychologists’ roles in treating patients with breast cancer and their families.

VII. Grassroots Efforts:
The IPA-LC mentors and encourages psychologists willing to forge relationships and liaisons with their legislators to advance the science and practice of psychology and to serve others for the public good.

Legislative Alerts

IPA is working hard to keep you up to date on the latest legislative activity both at the state and national level. Be sure to check this page often to keep up-to-date on all that is taking place on the legislative landscape.

Illinois House Bill 527

Illinois House Bill 527 permits licensed clinical psychologists with additional training to prescribe mental health medications to their patients. The bill will make it possible for many more Illinois citizens to receive timely and more cost effective services.

The Department of Defense has already trained clinical psychologists to prescribe, and they have performed very well and continue to provide services to military personnel and their families. This bill puts the state of Illinois in the forefront with New Mexico and Louisiana in utilizing these highly trained doctors to make more services available to the many citizens who don’t have services readily available.

Clinical psychologists who receive the additional training mandated by this bill will be able to prescribe safely. The psychologists who is already a licensed, doctoral level mental health provider will receive the equivalent of a postdoctoral masters degree in clinical psychopharmacology, be trained under the supervison of a licensed prescriber of mental health medications, and then pass a national qualifying exam covering every aspect of safe prescribing.

There is a serious shortage of providers who are both highly trained in mental health and eligible to prescribe mental health medications. Senate Bill 527 is a significant step in alleviating that shortage.

Sample Letters

If you are interested in contacting your Senator or Representative regarding the issue of Prescribing Clinical Psychologists, please click the icon below and then scroll down to “State Advocacy” and select “IL” for Illinois.

Legislative Action Center at APApractice.org