Earlier this month, State Senator Catharine Young (R – Olean) introduced S.7488, a bill that would grant prescribing privileges to psychologists licensed in New York State. A companion bill has not yet been introduced in the Assembly.

NYSPA urgently needs your support to oppose this bill and any related bills that would grant prescribing privileges to psychologists licensed in New York State. Please act NOW by writing to your State Senator to urge him or her to oppose the bill and vote “No” if it comes before them for a vote.

Early next week you will be receiving a Cap Wiz Alert from the APA, which will enable you to send a message directly to your State Senator regarding S. 7488 and its dangerous encroachment on the practice of medicine. The Cap Wiz Alert will be sent to the email address you have on file with the APA.

If a companion bill is introduced in the State Assembly, we will issue a second Cap Wiz Alert for letters to Assembly members.

Back in 2002, NYSPA worked strenuously to secure an explicit statutory ban on psychology prescribing in New York State. Thank you for your support as we work together to ensure that the ability to prescribe psychotropic medications is limited only to those individuals who possess the requisite education, training and experience to safely do so.

A copy of the bill may be viewed here.

APA Advocacy Leads to Changes in MOC Program


NYSPA is pleased to report that American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) recently revised its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program to adopt the following changes:

1) Patient survey is no longer mandatory and will now be listed as one of several options in the category of assessment of practice.

2) Lifetime Certificate holders will no longer be referred to as “not participating in MOC.” Instead, ABPN will utilize the phrase “not required to participate in MOC.”

Qualifying Quality Improvement projects will now satisfy Performance in Practice requirements for chart review.

These changes to the MOC program are a direct result of the advocacy of the APA and the Assembly Work Group on MOC, which worked closely with ABPN to make these necessary clarifications. Special thanks and recognition to Ramaswamy Viswanathan, M.D., Brooklyn DB Representative and newly elected NYSPA Secretary, for his leadership in this area.