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  • April 02, 2019 8:26 PM | Lyn McArthur

    Hello, fellow IPA members! I hope you are enjoying our slow but sure transition to spring this year. I sure am! 

    This has been a busy legislative session. Our lobbyist, Kris Ellis, kept us well-informed this session. We have had some questions about whether or not the advocacy committee will take a stance on certain legislative issues. This brought up a great question: do we follow and address practice related issues, or social issues? 

    The answer is, in short, we can address both. Kris, however, is contracted to work on our practice related issues. IPA members, including the advocacy committee, can follow social issues. Please don't forget that you can submit an advocacy request at anytime on the form found on the advocacy page (https://www.idahopsych.org/AdvocacyCommittee). We have recently received two requests regarding psychological testing that we are currently following and examining IPA's options. This would be a great option for any social justice issues that you discover. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions about the process and I would be happy to help. 

    Happy spring! 

  • October 22, 2018 3:03 PM | Lyn McArthur

    Part of our mission statement includes: IPA aims to promote health and human welfare by encouraging the application of psychology in individual and family life, business, law, healthcare, and education.

    IPA’s Advocacy Committee was approached about endorsing Proposition 2. After careful consideration within our committee, it is apparent that expanding Medicaid in Idaho is consistent with IPA’s mission to promote health and human welfare by removing income-related barriers to behavioral and mental health treatment. As scientist practitioners, we have reviewed the available research on the impact of Medicaid expansion and have concluded that Proposition 2 is likely to improve the lives of Idahoans. Research from other states suggests that Medicaid enrollment was associated with improved mental health status, increased utilization of Medication Assisted Treatment and psychosocial treatment of opioid dependence. Further findings included increased employment and economic self-sufficiency, suggesting that improved healthcare allowed Ohio residents to be more functional in their daily lives. Specifically, over 80% of employed Ohioans with Medicaid reported that it was easier for them to work after having Medicaid coverage, and 60% of those who were unemployed with Medicaid noted that they were better able to seek out employment after having Medicaid (http://medicaid.ohio.gov/Portals/0/Resources/Reports/Annual/Group-VIII-Final-Report.pdf ). A literature review by the Kaiser Family Foundation (2018) found that states with Medicaid expansion have seen increased access to medications and services for behavioral health and mental health (https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/the-effects-of-medicaid-expansion-under-the-aca-updated-findings-from-a-literature-review-march-2018/ ).

    Questions may be directed to Lyn McArthur, Ph.D., IPA State Advocacy Chair, at lmcarthur@healthwestinc.org.

  • August 30, 2018 1:41 PM | Barney Greenspan

    This ethical vignette was presented at the APA Annual Convention (San Francisco) at a Symposium with the APA Ethics Committee & ASPPB - "Working together: Where ethics & regulations converge " (08/12/2018).

    This vignette consists of four (4) segments: (1) Introduction to Ethics; (2) A hypothetical vignette that I created called THE WEBSITE; (3) Questions pertaining to the vignette: and (4) Responses to the vignette.

    The goal is to stimulate interest, enthusiasm and discussion about ethics. 

    Please respond with any comments to the IPA list serve. 

  • August 25, 2018 5:14 PM | Deborah Katz (Administrator)

    I hope you are having a wonderful August! Our Advocacy Committee has been busy this year following many issues relevant to psychologists. We hope to provide more updates on a regular basis. Please see below for our most recent updates:

    Federal Advocacy (by Susan Farber, Ph.D.): 

    Federal advocacy has been moving along with messages from the national organization informing members about issues and updates. The biggest issue since April was around the separation of immigrant parents and children. There was a strong outcry to our legislators. I do not know how many IPA members wrote but I know of several including myself who did. Both Jim Risch and Mike Crapo listened and responded positively to our concern. They co-sponsored a bill along with others that would keep families together. I received a personally dictated and signed letter from Senator Risch stating his opposition to family separation.

    RXP had major movement toward implementation in the last few months. An advisory committee of two psychiatrists appointed by the board of medicine, two psychologists – Mike Tilus and myself – appointed by the board of psychology, and a PhD level pharmacist appointed by the board of pharmacy, held many meetings with vigorous but fair discussion and have created a body of rules that now is open for public comment and will be sent to the legislature when it convenes in January. 

    Page Haviland is working with the ISU department of Pharmacy to establish the masters level training program. They currently are recruiting a prescribing psychologist to oversee the program. Page has written that they expect military participation in 2020.

    State Advocacy (by Lyn McArthur, Ph.D.):

    The advocacy committee has continued to monitor many issues relevant to psychology in Idaho, including topics such as the progression of RxP, use/billing of Health and Behavior codes, new laws including the abortion complication reporting law, the consortium, admission privileges, and more. 

    Notably, we have been working on an improved method of bringing up issues relevant to advocacy and are working on implementing this in the next few months. This should improve our tracking of issues, as well as transparency of the topics we are addressing to IPA members. We will send out an email to the list serve detailing this process once it is established and functional, which we estimate will be in a few months. . 

    We are working on establishing a mental health legislative day and have been engaging Kris Ellis in this endeavor. We hope to be finalizing the details, including a date,  within the next few months. We would love to have involvement from IPA members for our legislative day and will be updating  you about this as we learn more. 

    Thanks for reading! Please watch for future updates as they become available. 

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