SB 917 - This act licenses prescribing psychologists and confers the authority to prescribe certain medications and test blood and urine to monitor treatment. Licensees shall not be allowed to order electro-convulsive therapy.
As a prerequisite to licensure a licensee must:
• Complete 400 hours of didactic educational instruction.
• Complete a 1 year supervised fellowship with a full-time caseload of patients and provide medication management, psychological evaluations, and therapeutic services.
• Pass a national exam.
• Maintain medical liability insurance.
Licensees shall prescribe under a collaborative practice agreement for the first year of licensure. After the first year of licensure the licensee shall maintain a referral agreement with a physician to provide for the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
This act is similar to HB 350 (2007), and SB 701 (2007).