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Division V - Mission Statement

Expanded Access to Comprehensive Mental Health Care through prescriptive authority for psychologists, education, and development of standards of professional competence in psychopharmacology for California psychologists.

RATIONALE:

The Need for Prescribing Psychologists

  • Declining number of psychiatrists--a 36 % decrease 1992 – 2000
  • Underserved areas suffer most
  • 80% of psych meds already prescribed in primary care settings
  • Significant over-prescription, especially for children and elderly
  • The right to prescribe is the right to unprescribe.

A Reasonable Remedy

  • RxP trained psychologist prescribe safely in military, on reservations, and in two states
  • Primary care physicians want prescribing psychology colleagues
  • RxP training will increase psychology jobs in integrated care

But Won’t Psychology be medicalized?

  • Medication will be integrated into psychological treatment plans
  • Ethics and research guidelines help keep perspective on limitations of meds
  • Prescribing is but one of many treatment tools; behavior change is basic
  • Board of Psychology already recommends training for psychologists because of scope of practice
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9/30/2016 » 10/1/2016
SDPA FALL CONFERENCE 2016 - Supporting Resiliency in our Clients and Ourselves

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