Calif. bill would extend prescribing to psychologists

April 30, 2007

Bill proposed in the California state senate would give licensed psychologists prescribing privileges.

A bill proposed in the California state senate would give licensed psychologists prescribing privileges. The bill, SB 993, is the fifth legislative attempt since 1995 to broaden psychologists' scope of practice. The bill is backed by the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers, Service Employees International Union, California Psychological Association, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 2620. The California Psychiatric Association opposes the bill, issuing a statement that asserted that "under this measure, psychologists would have less education and training than nurse practitioners and physician assistants, who have prescribing authority, and would not be subject to direct supervision by a medical doctor."

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