SB 204 - This act licenses certain psychologists to prescribe certain medications and test blood and urine to monitor treatment. Prescribing psychologists are not authorized to order electro-convulsive therapy.
Before a psychologist is licensed as a prescribing psychologist they must:
-Complete 400 hours of didactic educational instruction or complete a postdoctoral masters degree in psychopharmacology.
-Complete a one year supervised fellowship with a full-time caseload of patients during which they provide medication management, psychological evaluations, and therapeutic services.
-Pass a national exam.
-Maintain medical liability insurance.
For the first year of licensure the prescribing psychologist shall have a collaborative practice agreement with a physician. After the first year of licensure, the prescribing psychologist must maintain a referral agreement with a physician to provide for the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
This act is similar to HB 536 (2009), SB 917 (2008), HB 350 (2007), and SB 701 (2007).