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State Issues

PPA advocates for public access to psychological services with the state legislature and with various state agencies, such as the State Board of Psychology, the Department of Public Welfare, and the Department of Education.  Although PPA is a state organization, it works with the Practice Organization of the American Psychological Association on federal issues.

Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT): House panel approves bill to increase access to psychology services. SB67; February 2020.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology: PPA sends a representative to each of the public meetings of the State Board and we commend on any regulatory changes proposed by the Board.  In addition, PPA has successfully blocked amendments introduced into the Pennsylvania legislature that would have limited the scope of practice of psychologists.

Update on Supervised Experience Requirements for Licensure: Over the summer and into the fall of 2019, representatives from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology had discussions as to the type of hours that would count towards the supervised experience requirement. Click here for more information.

Health Care Reform: PPA is working with other health care and mental health advocacy groups to ensure reasonable access to health care (including psychological services) to all Pennsylvanians.

Insurance and Managed Care:  PPA will work with insurance companies, whenever possible, to ensure fair and clear policies for reimbursement for psychological services.  However, when necessary, we will seek regulatory or statutory restrictions on insurance company procedures or rules that we consider unfair or discriminatory.

Other Issues:  Over the year, PPA has secured the recognition of psychologists in numerous bills that allow psychologists to practice to the full extent of their licenses. Among other laws, psychologists can act as reviewers within managed care companies for behavioral health services (only physicians and psychologists can do this); make sentencing recommendations in court for drug offenders (only physicians and psychologists can do this); evaluate impaired drivers (physicians, psychologists, and optometrists can do this); present expert testimony in civil cases pursuant to the PA Rules of Civil Procedures (physicians, psychologists and dentists alone are permitted to do this); and so on.

Past State Issues:

Act 53

Gun Violence