North Carolina – The North Carolina Psychological Association is working to familiarize psychologists with a change of state law on client confidentiality that became effective in 2012. Under the law, mental health providers may share client information with other mental health or medical health providers without obtaining written consent from the client when necessary to coordinate treatment. Provisions of federal HIPAA standards still apply.
Colorado – State officials unveiled plans in November to state legislators to revamp the Colorado mental health services, including a 24-hour statewide crisis hotline. Some legislators expressed concern that adding a second emergency number instead of incorporating the hotline in the 911 system could create confusion as people are asked to distinguish between a mental health crisis and a mental health emergency.
Virginia – The doctor of psychology program at Radford University has earned accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA). The accreditation was made retroactive to June 2012, to correspond to when an APA team made a site visit to the university. The retroactivity allowed three graduates to receive APA-accredited Psy.D. degrees at the winter commencement in December.