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!

Advanced-Trained Doctoral-Level Psychologist Prescribing (RxP)  S.208, Referred to Senate Committee on Health & Welfare

Advanced-Trained Doctoral-Level Psychologist Prescribing (RxP)   H.280, Referred to House Committee on Health Care

Legalization of Marijuana , Act 86, Enacted January 22, 2018

Psychological Abuse as Basis for Relief from Abuse H.175, referred to Judiciary Committee

Central Intake System for Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse  H.848, Referred to Committee on Human Services

Systemic Improvements to Mental Health System S.203, Referred currently to Committee on Appropriations

Legislative Advocacy

APA Progress Notes Podcast:  Earning the Right to Prescribe

Rick Barnett, Psy.D., M.S., LADC
Legislative Advocacy Chair

Recent & Pending Legislation

RxP Update

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!