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In February 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that because of the Affordable Care Act and full implementation of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), 62 million Americans would gain access to improved mental health and substance abuse (MHSA) care. Recent analyses, however, find that the two laws are falling short.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) surveyed over 2,700 individuals and families to compare access to MHSA with access to medical treatment. NAMI also contracted with Avalere Health to explore benefits in health insurance exchange (HIX) plans. The Pew Charitable Trusts studied state enforcement of MHPAEA.
NAMI found that many types of policies are exempt from MHPAEA, while Pew discovered that application of parity is thus far spotty. “Only …
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- 3rd District Appeals Court upholds New Jersey ban on conversion therapy
As I look back on my life, growing up as a little black boy in the 1950s, in the sweltering heat of the segregated state of Alabama, many things are vivid in my memory. Because of all the injustices I’ve experienced, my psyche has been negatively affected. Many black people who have gone through similar […]Colleague assistance programs growing
Since 1980 the American Psychological Association (APA) has acknowledged the existence of distressed and impaired psychologists and the need to provide adequate and appropriate assistance. Today assistance is active in many states through colleagues assistance programs (CAPs) of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs, APA Division 31).APA sets health service psychologist standards
Honolulu – The American Psychological Association (APA) set a national standard for psychologists providing health services during its annual convention here July 31-Aug. 4. APA’s Council of Representatives passed a resolution on “Accreditation for Programs that Prepare Psychologists to Provide Health Services” requiring health service psychologists be trained in…Vague standards, guidelines, laws create telepsychology risks
As a psychologist who’s been researching/writing/practicing/consulting/training online for years, I’m often asked, “Where can psychologists get guidance and training for practicing online?” Just as frequently, I encounter well-intentioned, ethical colleagues who blithely undertake an online practice without considering their legal and ethical obligations or competencies. In hopes of helping readers avoid many potential landmines, I’ll […]
From the Latest Issue...Ethical Considerations for Clinical Supervisors
Clinical supervision is integral to graduate student training, postdoctoral licensure preparation and psychologists’ development of new competencies. Supervision may be mandated by licensing boards or employers to remediate psychologists’ practices following ethical violations. In these contexts, the impact of supervision on supervisees and their clients – for better or worse – can be momentous.
Supervisees’ experiences with and observations of their supervisors likely contribute more to learning the fundamental ethical principles they …Enter uniformity, Exit creativity
In the past several years, the American Psychological Association has become concerned about the quality of graduate education. There is a great emphasis on making sure that all graduate students in psychology get the same training, are graded on the same criteria and therefore can be evaluated according to a uniform scale.
This focus apparently comes from the Department of Education pressuring APA and similar professional organizations to make sure …Supervising Students Isn’t Easy
For sure, the past 20 years have seen supervision evolve from an all-too-often casual process into something that is not only rather complex but is designed to take an individual with limited clinical experience and skills from a place that requires active oversight and management to a place …New Jersey Conversion Therapy Ban Upheld; Oregon, Illinois Pass Bills
The first activity was by the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear a challenge to the conversion therapy ban for minors in New Jersey. During the same week, the Oregon Legislature voted to prohibit the controversial practice. By the end of the month, Illinois passed similar legislation, which has not been signed …Building Trust Most Important in Client Relationship
Building an environment of trust is the most important, and possibly the most difficult, task facing psychologists, whether it’s treating residents of the most impoverished part of rural Ohio or the huge influx of transgendered patients who are beginning to show up in large numbers for counseling.
Among the workshops at the annual Ohio Psychological Association Convention here in late April and early …