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!

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Legislative Committee Chair

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


Mental Health Care in Vermont: An Independent Practice Perspective
Testimony to the House Committee on Health Care

February 3, 2017
Dr. Rick Barnett

Letter to our Members

January 26, 2017

Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists with Advanced Training

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

Dec 4        Legislative Update in White River Junction(3 CE Credits)
                                                       VA Hospital
                                                       1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

PsycPORTTM :  Psychology in the News

American Psychological Association

Dec 8       New Minor Consent Law--CE (up to 6 CE Credits)
                                                       9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.)

                                                       #410 Boardroom, 133 State Street

                                                       Montpelier, VT

See the latestInitiatives from Vermont Care Partners.

APA Progress Notes Podcast: Earning the Right to Prescribe

VPA Sucessfully Advocates for Teletherapy Insurance Coverage

VPA's Legislative Advocacy Committee, led by Dr. Rick Barnett, successfully advocated for clinicians to the Vermont Legislature to pass legislation requiring insurance companies to reimburse providers seeing patients using secure online video/audio platforms regardless of patient location.   This was a crowning achievement of VPA last legislative session, and you can read the full text of the new legislation here.

Better Health Care with Psychology

March 5, 2017

Commentary by Dr. Rick Barnett

VPA News & Updates

Vermont  Psychological Association

Working to advance mental health care for Vermonters since 1950

VPA Helps Pass Simplified LADC Rules

The Legislative Advocacy Committee of VPA, led by Dr. Rick Barnett, worked very hard to get the Office of Professional Regulation and Governor Scott to simplify the process for LADC licensure, and they were successful!

See WCAX's coverage of the signing. (Dr. Barnett is on the left!)  You can read the summary of changes and the full text of the new temporary rule on our Members page.

December 8, 2017

New Minor Consent Law Workshop



What is the VPA Direct Practice Commission?

The Direct Practice Commission (DPC) was created by VPA and approved by the State of Vermont (under Rule 6 of the Vermont legislature) as a bargaining group in September 2013.  The DPC represents large groups of direct practitioners of mental health and substance abuse services in Vermont, including licensed psychologists, social workers, clinical mental health counselors, and alcohol and drug counselors. 

DPC seeks to promote integrated care models by utilizing best practices, evidenced-based treatment models, and coordination of care, as well as negotiating payment models and fee structures to ensure continued access to quality healthcare for all Vermonters.

Read more . . .

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