New Mexico rejects psychiatrists’ push on RxP rules

Despite heavy lobbying by psychiatrists, the New Mexico Medical Board did not adopt a minority report urging tougher educational and training requirements before psychologists could prescribe psychotropic drugs. Instead the board will consider both the minority and the majority report issued by a committee charged by the state legislature to implement regulations governing prescribing authority […]

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  • Landmark lawsuit for the mentally ill ends after 33 years

    The landmark case widely credited with inspiring reform of the nation’s mental health laws came to an end Dec. 5 in an Alabama courtroom after 33 years. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson dismissed the case, saying the state has lived up to its obligations under a 2000 settlement to provide necessary services, primarily in the […]

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  • “Coding” is not a four-letter word

    If you mention the word “coding” with behavioral health colleagues, don’t be surprised when they plug their ears and start mumbling, “la-la-la-la-la-la-la.” After all, why should they worry about coding, they can only use two or three codes, right? Wrong. Since 2001, 156 new codes related to mental health have been added to the mental […]

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  • Air Force psychologist presents Operation Enduring Freedom experience

    Columbus–His shower was a bucket of water he poured over his head every morning as he prepared for another day of work as an Air Force psychologist assigned to a remote field hospital in Turkestan on the Afghanistan border. Maj. Steven J. Byrnes, Psy.D., speaking at the annual convention of the Ohio Psychological Association, described […]

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