Vermont  Psychological Association

Working to advance mental health care for Vermonters since 1950

Pending & Recent State Legislation

VPA's legislative advocacy efforts are focused in three main areas:

  • State Advocacy (Vermont House and Senate)
  • Direct Practice Commission (Green Mountain Care Board)
  • Federal Advocacy (Congress)

You can be a part of our legislative advocacy activity! Contact us to find out how you can help shape the future of psychology and mental health care in Vermont!

Jan 31   Mental Health Advocacy Day

                               8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
                                         Vermont State House
                                         Montpelier, VT                                  

Attention VPA Members!

Our legislative advocacy continues to make progress with legislation allowing prescriptive authority for psychologists with advanced training.  The new
Senate Bill, S.208, now has 4 sponsors.  VPA will distribute key facts and talking points to use when you connect with legislators, other health providers, and all Vermonters interested in this initiative.  We have support from several key groups,  like the Office of Professional Regulation, the Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and a number of primary care providers.  We also have confirmed opposition from the Vermont Psychiatric Association and the Vermont Medical Society.  Access to, quality of, and cost of appropriate mental health care are at stake here, and we ask members to share personal stories of why they believe this initiative is vital with their local legislators.  Contact VPA or Dr. Rick Barnett, Legislative Chair, any time for more information.  We need your help to get this important legislation passed!

APA Progress Notes Podcast: Earning the Right to Prescribe

Latest  psychological research

Minds on the Road (driving behaviors research)

Minds for Business (study of work & leadership)

Mending Fences

A Blueprint for Clinicians

Counseling Couples Surviving Infidelity

Laura Louis, Ph.D.

Author of Marital Peace

March 2, 2018

The Members-Only VPA Listserv is active again!

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Unite with your colleagues by joining VPA today! Your active membership helps strengthen our professional organization and empowers you to participate more fully in your professional life in Vermont.

Mar 2         Mending Fences:  Counseling Couples Surviving Infidelity

                                 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.)
                                           Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center
                                           Montpelier, VT
                                           6 CE Credits

PsycPORTTM :  Psychology in the News

American Psychological Association

Jan 13   NAMI Advocacy Training (for Mental Health Advocacy Day)

                                Register Here     

                                1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

                                           Christ Church, 64 State Street, Montpelier

                                           Space is limited


Letter  from Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians supporting Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists with Advanced Training

March 13, 2017



  • Advocacy in the State and Federal Legislature to promote the field of psychology
  • Free Ethics Consultations
  • Discounts on VPA CE workshops
  • Referrals from the VPA Referral service
  • Time saved by using the VPA website to find the information you need
  • Timely information on changes through the VPA newsletter
  • Increased revenue from VPA’s ongoing efforts to raise insurance reimbursement
  • Personal support and professional networking with your fellow members
  • Discount on liability insurance through The Trust (subject to conditions)

Legislative Advocacy Chair

VPA News & Updates

More 2018 Events Are Coming!

Letter to Melissa Bailey, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health

November 21, 2017

Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists with Advanced Training

Rick Barnett, Psy.D., M.S., LADC

Letter to Al Gobeille, Sec. of the  Agency of Human Services

July 28, 2017

Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists with Advanced Training