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Washington State: modernizing PA psychiatry roles

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Looks like Washington has just made PAs working in psychiatry equivalent to Psych ARNPs for all practical purposes:

 

http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Passed%20Legislature/6445-S.PL.pdf

 

A WAPA blurb announced this, and it would be interesting to hear some commentary from psych PAs on how this will help.  The law goes into effect in June.

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Long law but the governing statute on admission to voluntary and involuntary mental health treatment in Washington State.  Basically adds "physician assistant working under the supervision of a psychiatrist" to all of the laws that previously just listed "psychiatrist, physician, advanced psychiatry nurse practitioner" to every section of the law.  Looks great.  

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awesome.  When I worked in Ohio I was not allowed to sign an involuntary hold (pink slip/5150) as a PA but a police officer could.  

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