Prescribing Psychology Poised for Expansion
A confluence of variables is again spotlighting this specialty.
With the passing of HB23-1071, Licensed Psychologist Prescriptive Authority, in Colorado on March 3, 2023, there are now six states and a U.S. territory, along with the U.S. Department of Defense, Public Health Service, and Indian Health Service, which allow for psychologists to prescribe psychotropic medication. At least six other states have or have indicated that they are submitting prescribing psychology bills this year. . .
Mar. 18, 2023
By Carrie H. Kennedy Ph.D., ABPP
Will Arizona Soon Become the Seventh State to Allow Patients Access to Prescribing Psychologists?
On March 3, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law HB 1071, allowing Colorado’s residents to join those in the states of New Mexico, Louisiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Idaho who are able to access medically assisted psychotherapy from qualified prescribing psychologists (RxPs). Arizonans have reason to be hopeful that their state will be next in line to remove government obstacles to RxPs.
Mar. 6th, 2023
By Jeffrey A. Singer
Colorado Poised to Become Sixth State to Allow Patients Access to Prescribing Psychologists
After passing the Colorado House of Representatives by a vote of 56–6, the Colorado Senate, last week, unanimously approved HB 1071, which allows licensed, doctorate‐level clinical psychologists who undergo additional training to prescribe psychiatric medications to their mental health patients.
Coloradans Might Soon Get Increased Access To Medically Assisted Mental Health Service
The Colorado legislature is seeking ways to address Coloradans’ lack of access to mental health services amidst a national mental health shortage. On February 9, the Colorado House of Representatives voted 56–6 to pass HB1071. The bill creates a new category of mental health specialists called Prescribing Psychologists, or RxPs.
Feb. 13th, 2023
By Jeffrey A. Singer
Expand Access to Mental Health Care: Remove Barriers to Psychologists Prescribing Medications
Lawmakers should not assume that existing educational paths or other paths that they might imagine are the only ways to produce competent prescribing psychologists.
Deaths of Despair: Prescriptive Authority of Psychologists and Suicides
Suicide rates in the United States have been increasing for the past several years. Limited access to mental healthcare has many adverse effects, especially for marginalized communities. Between 2002 and 2017, five states (NM, LA, IL, IA, and ID) passed legislation allowing psychologists to prescribe psychotropic medication when deemed necessary for patient care, popularly referred to as the RxP movement.
Sep 08, 2021 | Working Paper
By Agnitra Roy Choudhury and Alicia Plemmons