CPA’s Legislative Committee strives to be a resource on many issues facing our State today, including:
· Improved access to services for those patients seeking behavioral health and psychiatric services and treatment.
· Issues and initiatives that support parity for behavioral health and psychiatric services.
· Practices that promote fair and equal access to quality forensic evaluation, court-based assessments and treatment provided by qualified psychologists.
· Support and access to care for our Veterans.
· Maintaining the integrity and value of the training Psychologists receive as a practitioner and scientist.
· The understanding and integration of available scientific research with regard to issues of patient care, brain development, childhood development, and geriatrics.
· Treatment and care of our vulnerable citizens including children, those with behavioral health and developmental disabilities, victims of crime and violence, and the disadvantaged.
If you are interested in joining our committee or lend some advocacy on some of these very important issues, please contact Dr. Marcy Kane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let us know what you would like us to advocate for in 2019!
2018 CPA’s Legislative Committee Wrap-up:
A bill was not introduced this year to allow for prescription privileges for psychologists; it will likely be introduced in the 2019 Legislative Session. Of particular concern from the opposition (largely psychiatrists, doctors and APRNs) on that issue is the amount of time and duration of supervision and potentially the formulary under which a psychologist could prescribe. Here are the other bills that were of interest to CPA during the Legislative Session:
1. HB 5149- An Act Concerning Sober Living Homes- this bill passed and allows sober home s to voluntarily registered as certified sober homes in order that consumers can choose quality outpatient care.
2. HB 5212- An Act Concerning a Grandparent’s Right to Visitation with his or her Grandchild-did not pass for the third year in a row.
3. Sexual Assault Bills HB 5246, SB 238, -bills lifting the current statute of limitations on sexual assault cases did not pass.
4. SB 479- An Act Concerning Immunity From Civil or Criminal Liability for Persons providing Medical Assistance or Intervention in a Child Abuse or Neglect Case- This bill provides immunity from civil and criminal liability to any person, institution, or agency that, in good faith, provides professional medical intervention or assistance in any proceeding involving child abuse or neglect. The bill's immunity applies to liability that might otherwise arise from or is related to actions such as: 1. causing a photograph, x-ray, or physical custody examination to be made; 2. causing a child to be taken into emergency protective custody 3. disclosing a medical record or other information pertinent to the proceeding; or 4. performing a medically relevant test. The bill also eliminates current immunity from civil or criminal liability for any person, institution, or agency that, in good faith, does not report suspected child abuse or neglect or alleged sexual assault of a student to the DCF or law enforcement as required or permitted by law. The bill retains immunity for a person, institution, or agency that, in good faith, makes such a report and applies the immunity to civil or criminal liability that might otherwise arise from, or is related to, making the report. Currently, this immunity applies to civil or criminal liability that might otherwise be incurred or imposed.
5. HB 5575- An Act Concerning the Appointment of a Qualified, Licensed Health Care Professional to Provide Treatment of an Evaluation in Connection with a Family Relations Matter.This bill establishes a process for selecting qualified, licensed health care providers in family relations matters involving court-ordered treatment or evaluation of parents and children. The bill requires the court to permit the parent to select the treatment provider for him or herself and allow the parent or legal guardian to do so for the child. When the child's parents do not agree on a provider within a specific timeframe, the bill requires the court to select the provider. In doing so, the court must consider the parents' insurance coverage and financial resources. When the parties agree or the court orders that a parent or child undergo an evaluation from a qualified, licensed healthcare provider, the court must first find that the parties can afford to pay the provider. The bill establishes the (1) components of the court order and (2) deadline by which the provider must file a report containing the results of the evaluation with the court. The parties must have a reasonable time to examine the report before the case is heard and the court must seal the report
6. HB 5163- An Act Concerning the Department of Public Health's Recommendations Regarding Various Revisions to the Public Health Statutes.Students who graduate with advanced degrees in marital and family therapy, professional counseling, or psychology may practice without a license in order to complete the supervised work experience required for licensure, but only if supervised by a person licensed in their respective profession. This bill permits these graduates to practice in this unlicensed capacity for up to two yearsafter completing the supervised work experience, if they failed the respective licensing examination. Under current law, professional counseling and psychology students may practice in this manner until they are notified that they failed the respective licensing examination, or one year after completing the supervised work experience, whichever occurs first. For marital and family therapist students, current law does not specify that the licensure exemption ends on the earlier of these two dates.
7. SB 384 Mental Health Parity- This data bill passed the Senate but not the House. This Insurance Companies were opposed to the bill.
8. SB 302- Telehealth- this bill allows for the ability to prescribe medications under certain circumstances; itallows telehealth providers to prescribe non-opioid Schedule II or III controlled substances using telehealth to treat a psychiatric disability or substance use disorder, if certain conditions are met; modifies requirements for telehealth providers to obtain and document patient consent to provide telehealth services and disclose related records; and adds registered nurses and pharmacists to the list of health care providers authorized to provide telehealth services. The bill specifies that its provisions do not prevent a licensed or certified health care provider from using telehealth to order medication or treatment for hospital inpatients in accordance with the federal law.
9. HB 5294- An Act Concerning Naturopaths- this bill did not pass and would have allowed the Department of Public Health to set up a formulary for medications that could be prescribed by naturopaths.
10. SB -244-An Act Requiring Behavior Analysts to be Mandated Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect-this bill passed and is self-explanatory.
11. SB 315-An Act Concerning Minor Revisions to the Statutes of the Department of Children and Families and Establishing a Pilot Program to Permit Electronic Reporting by Mandated Reporters -passed and is self-explanatory as CPA was watching the electronic reporting section.