Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed House Bill 2702 on June 25, bringing Oregon closer to granting certain qualified psychologists in the state the authority to write prescriptions for psychotropic medications as part of a patient’s overall mental health therapy. CFM staff and the Wave One Group served on the support team to pass the measure, which is called RxP for short.
CFM worked with lead lobbyist Lara Smith and a dedicated team of psychologists. The measure creates a Work Group on Prescriptive Authority, which must report to he state legislature by January 31, 2010, right before the February 2010 special legislative sessions starts. The 10-member study group, comprised of various medical professionals, will debate licensing, education and implementation details of RxP.
If an RxP implementation measure were passed by the special session, Oregon would become the third state to grant prescribing privileges to psychologists.
Working in collaboration with the Wave One Group, CFM produced a short video used as part of testimony before the House Committee on Health Care in April. The video featured a former Oregon National Guard soldier and his struggle to get timely treatment for post traumatic stress disorder.
“Words cannot express what your video did for us today!! Amazing only begins to describe the feeling in the room,” says Robin Henderson, former president of the Oregon Psychological Association, which sponsored the bill.