Advocacy

Heller_R-NV-Senate photoMembers of the Nevada Psychological Association met with Sen. Dean Heller’s (R-Nev.) legislative correspondent Hayley D. Douglas on March 12, 2013 in Washington D.C. to discuss the impact of plummeting reimbursement rates on Medicare providers and the availability of mental health services.

Legislative and Regulatory Trends

NPA tracks the activities of the legislature and governmental entities to determine general trends regarding issues related to the Association’s interests. These trends reflect the ideas and efforts of policy makers over time and suggest areas in which information or advocacy may be needed. Observation of trends allows NPA to prepare members and policy makers for policy changes that may be pursued by the NPA or others in the future.

Legislative Proposals

Over 1000 bills are introduced in the legislature each session. Many bills include proposed changes in the law that affect issues related to psychology and may have a positive or negative impact on the public. NPA’s Legislative Committee, along with NPA’s professional lobbyist, reviews these bills for content of interest to NPA. The Legislative Committee may recommend that NPA support or oppose proposed legislation as appropriate. Throughout the legislative session, bills are monitored with consideration given to whether any action is needed. When needed, NPA members, other involved parties, or the professional lobbyist may be called upon to contact legislators to provide information.

Initiatives

 

DSCN0734When the Association determines that changes in law or administrative policy are warranted, those changes may be pursued. Legislators or other policy makers may be contacted to discuss proposed changes, and strategies for achieving the desired changes are developed. As a result, proposed legislation, or other policy initiatives, may be generated.  NPA White Paper

To become involved or find out more about the NPA Legislative Committee contact: Lisa Linning, Ph.D. (Legislative Committee Chair, Southern Region) or Melanie Crawford, Ph.D. (Legislative Committee Chair, Northern Region)

For information on Federal Advocacy efforts contact: Melanie Crawford, Ph.D. (Federal Advocacy Coordinator)

For information on current Legislative Activities click here