Legislative Updates

May 8, 2018

Advocacy Update

We are three weeks from the end of Minnesota’s legislative session. While our efforts to make changes to the Psychology Practice Act and pursue a 23.7% increase to Medical Assistance reimbursement for mental health services will likely have to wait until next year, we have seen some important movement on other issues. Ensuring Mental Health Parity is being approached from several perspectives. As part of the Minnesota Mental Health Legislative Network, of which MPA is a part, legislation is moving forward to create a task force to define how payers should demonstrate accountability for parity. Additionally, MPA has met with the US Department of Labor, which oversees parity in ERISA plans, and is in continuing discussions with Minnesota Department of Commerce about parity, especially related to network adequacy.
Click the links below to see guidelines for Parity enforcement and a sample complaint form provided by the US Department of Labor.

Parity enforcement guidelines.pdf

Sample Parity complaint letter.pdf


 

March 22, 2018

Psychology Leaders Complete 300 Visits to Members of Congress in One Day

Psychologists and psychology graduate students representing 50 state psychological associations made more than 300 lobbying visits to their members of Congress on March 13, 2018, advocating for psychologists and Americans’ access to mental health services. Psychologists, graduate students and executive directors for state psychological associations were in Washington, D.C., for the 2018 Practice Leadership Conference hosted by the APA Practice Organization and APA. This annual conference brings together psychology leaders from across the U.S. for four days of advocacy leadership training, culminating with visits to members of Congress.

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MPA leadership was in attendance and had several Capitol Hill visits with Congressman Tom Emmer, Congressman Jason Lewis, Congressman Erik Paulsen, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congressman Adam Smith, Congressman Keith Ellison, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Congressman Collin Peterson, Congressman Rick Nolan, and Congressman Tim Walz.


 

March 16, 2018

Mental Health Day on the Hill Highlights

With roughly 60 people in attendance, we started out the day with a presentation focused on didactic and skills’ based training related to advocacy for psychology and the needs of the individuals we serve. We then went to the State Capitol to begin scheduled meetings with legislators. Thank you to those who volunteered their time and went to lobby at the Capitol!



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February 2, 2018       

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Photo -1 of Senator Abeler with MPA leadership, MPA lobbyist
Photo -2 of Senator Abeler receiving MPA Legislator of the Year award from MPA President Dr. Bruce Bobbitt
Photos courtesy of the Minnesota Psychological Association

 

Senator Jim Abeler Honored as a Psychologists’ Legislative Champion, Named 2017 Legislator of the Year

 Abeler brought groups together, facilitating understanding and compromise. 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn—The Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) presented Senator Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, their legislator of the year award at a luncheon on Thursday, February 1.  Sen. Abeler was instrumental in passing legislation to support the profession of psychology, ultimately improving access to psychological services for Minnesotans.

Sen. Abeler’s legislation brought needed clarification to the requirements for psychology licensure.  While working on the bill, concerns arose that the language could negatively impact the work of life coaches, resulting in many frantic calls to legislators.  Senator Abeler helped fix what could have been a contentious situation, allowing both groups to come to consensus so neither group’s scope of work was negatively impacted.

Senator Abeler has been a long-time champion of mental health and the profession of psychology in Minnesota.  He did great work in the 2017 legislative session, as he always does,” said MPA President Dr. Bruce Bobbitt.  

The legislation also included provisions to increase flexibility in the timing and content of diagnostic assessment services for individuals with mental health concerns, paving the way to greater access to care that better meets individual needs.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Minnesota Psychological Association,” said Sen. Abeler. “I will continue to advocate for legislation and policies that focus on mental health and the well-being of Minnesota citizens and professionals in this field.”

 Senator Abeler, first elected to the House of Representatives in 1998, is currently serving his second term in the Minnesota Senate. The mission of the Minnesota Psychological Associationis to serve the science of psychology and its applications throughout Minnesota so the interests of public welfare and psychologists are mutually enhanced.

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January 27, 2018

MPA Governing Council Discussed and Approved the Following Legislative Agenda for 2018

  1. We are participating in Mental Health Day at the Capitol on March 15, 2018. Governing Council members are strongly encouraged to attend.

  2. We are again addressing some issues with the MN Practice Act to clarify supervision requirements, ease licensure portability and to address some process issues with the Board of Psychology.

  3. We will again reintroduce our bill requesting a 23.7% increase in outpatient mental health Medical Assistance funding for mental health professionals. ln 2007, legislation passed that gave the 23.7%  increase to critical access providers, hospitals, psychiatrists, and APRNs. Last year, Rule 29 clinics received the increase. We will continue to advocate for psychologists’ inclusion in this increase.

  4. We will be supporting a Parity bill brought by NAMI-MN that offers further protections for clients through required reporting by payers.

  5. A draft of a bill to license Behavior Analysts has been making its rounds. MPA opposes the bill in its current form as it excludes psychologists from performing and supervising behavioral analysis without additional certification and licensure.


 
January 2, 2018

2017 Apportionment and Bylaws Amendment Election Results

Review the results of the Apportionment and Bylaws Amendment Election.

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Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.