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Psych-what-ists? (Psychologists seeking prescriptive authority in WA)


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https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOH/bulletins/28bda41

https://www.doh.wa.gov/AboutUs/ProgramsandServices/HealthSystemsQualityAssurance/SunriseReviews/SunriseReviewinProgress

Yeah, so my take on this is that psychologists who want to prescribe drugs should get an NP or PA license instead, rather than getting a science-based masters' and doing a fellowship ON TOP OF their Ph.D. or Psy.D.

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And the bill says the board may waive certain requirements for "Psychologists who are dually licensed as physicians, nurse practitioners, or another health profession with comparable prescriptive authority in Washington" - never mentioning PA's directly.

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5 hours ago, ohiovolffemtp said:

And the bill says the board may waive certain requirements for "Psychologists who are dually licensed as physicians, nurse practitioners, or another health profession with comparable prescriptive authority in Washington" - never mentioning PA's directly.

Except in that case... they wouldn't need to be prescribing psychologists at all!  Yeah, both the bill and the justification pretty much ignored PAs, but also downplayed the role non-psych NPs play in mental health prescribing.

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