Prescribing Psychology News
Flash from the Past: See my letter to the editor in the August
1987 edition of the APA Monitor,
"Prescription for Psychology."
May 27, 2016: Iowa becomes the fourth state to allow psychologist prescribing.
Licensed psychologist will be allowed prescriptive authority after they have
successfully completed a post-doctoral master of science degree in clinical
psychopharmacology, a supervised practicum in clinical assessment and
pathophysiology, and passed a national examination. Psychologists in Iowa will
also need to complete a two-year conditional prescribing period under a licensed
physician's supervision to be eligible for independent prescriptive authority.
Read the American Psychological Association
June 25, 2014: the Governor of Illinois signed
allowing psychologists to prescribe after completing an additional 2Ĺ years of
training. Illinois becomes the third state to authorize prescriptive
authority for psychologists. It has been a decade since the last RxP bill
passed in Louisiana.
July 2011: Read the results of my new
survey, conducted on this website.
February 2009: Credentialing procedure in place for military psychologists to
obtain prescriptive authority: "188.8.131.52.
Those clinical psychologists designated by the HQ USAF/SG, who participated in
the DoD Psychopharmacology Demonstration Project (PDP) and were thereby granted
prescriptive authority, may continue to have prescriptive authority for the
remainder of their tenure with the AFMS. Prescriptive authority may also be
granted to fully qualified psychologists who have completed a Masterís Degree in
clinical psychopharmacology, successfully passed the Psychopharmacology Exam for
Psychologist (PEP), and who have received a minimum of one year of documented
supervision. Supervision must be provided by a psychiatrist or a psychologist
with prescriptive authority."
April 25, 2008: A psychologist prescribing bill (SB1427) was introduced in
California by the NAPPP, an organization created to support the interests of
practicing clinical psychologists. The California Psychological Association
lobbied against the bill, contributing to it quickly stalling out in committee.
The politics behind this move by CPA can be found in the April 2008 NAPPP
newsletter, The Clinical Practitioner. See pages 6 through 8.
May 2004: the Governor of Louisiana signed
HB1426, authorizing psychologists with additional training to prescribe.
This law was implemented on January 20, 2005.
On March 5, 2002, the Governor of New Mexico signed SB170, authorizing
psychologists with additional training to prescribe. On January 7, 2005, these
regulations went into effect, ushering in a new era in professional psychology.
On December 30, 1998, Guam authorized prescriptive privileges for psychologists,
becoming the second jurisdiction after Indiana pass such legislation.
Senate Bill 983 was passed into law on 9/25/98, directing the Board of
Psychology to encourage psychologists to obtain training in psychopharmacology.
for the CA Board of Psychology position on medication
A study by the United States General Accounting Office shows that military
psychologists with additional training are safely and effectively prescribing
Text of the GAO Report
APA Council approved a new division as the American Society for the Advancement
Pharmacotherapy (ASAP) on 2-27-2000. This became Division 55 in 2002 and is for
APA members seeking prescriptive authority.