SB 204 Creates licensing requirements for prescribing psychologists
Sponsor: Goodman Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number: 0974S.03I Fiscal Note: 0974-03
Committee: Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections
Last Action: 3/9/2009 - Voted Do Pass S Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee Journal Page:
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2009

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Current Bill Summary

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).