Patricia A Pimental Psy.D. ABPN
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.
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.
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)
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
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.