NPA comments on stalled licensing regulations
NPA leadership recently spoke with the Lincoln Journal Star regarding the long-stalled licensing regulations. Following LJS Nancy Hick’s Saturday, March 11th article “Boards, Ricketts at Odds”, the Journal Star published NPA President Anne Talbot’s Local View “Behind the Licensing Impasse”, which is the culmination of an extensive dialogue of the NPA Board, further clarifying the history and importance of this issue. As highlighted in these articles, the continued refusal to approve the updated licensing regulations puts some of Nebraska’s most vulnerable citizens and public safety at risk. In addition, outdated regulations impair our ability to recruit the best and brightest new psychologists to our state. Our understanding is that Senator Pansing-Brooks read the entire piece into the record on the floor of the Unicameral this morning (3/15/17). Click HERE for pdfs of the articles.
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APA Stress in America™ Report
APA has released the first part of it's "Stress in America™ report. This release of survey data pertains to post-election stress, which shows more Americans reporting symptoms of stress and citing personal safety and terrorism as sources of stress.
The current Stress in America™ survey was conducted in August 2016 and January 2017 and will be released in two phases:
Click Here for more information, including methodology, interpreting data, infographics, related articles, etc.
____________________________________ APA Thanks VA for Exempting Health Care Provider Positions From Freeze
Fears about the
federal hiring freeze had a profound impact on students participating in
the VA internship match. With less than a week until applicants’ rank
order lists were due, students and federally-funded training sites were
suddenly faced with the possibility that more than 700 APA-accredited
internship positions in the VA would be forfeited for the 2017-2018
training year. APA, APPIC, and the VA worked very hard to advocate on this issue, and with great success.
Click here for the update “APA Thanks VA for Exempting Health Care Provider Positions From Freeze”.
NPA responds to call for input on proposed Service Definitions
NPA has submitted a response to the call for input on the proposed Service Definitions for applied behavior analysis. The response expressed NPA's objections to the Service Definitions as proposed with a detailed explanation and suggested revisions.
Due to rescheduling of the Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee (BHIAC) meeting, the service definitions draft released January 13, 2017 will remain open for comment through the BHIAC meeting on February 17, 2017.
Please review the proposed service definitions . Comments and responses were due by February 17, 2017.
Read NPA's Response
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