Advocacy

Federal

Federal advocacy typically seeks legislators' support for issues such as Medicare reimbursement rates, increase in funding for Graduate Psychology Education and Minority Fellowship Programs, and the inclusion of Psychologists in the Medicare physician definition.  More information on federal advocacy for psychology can be found on the MPA Federal Advocacy page.

The American Psychological Association (APA) holds an annual Practice Leadership Conference designed to give state leaders in psychology additional tools and resources to advocate for important issues.

Get involved in advocacy efforts with APA by joining APA's Psychology Advocacy Network to receive weekly updates on the latest legislative issues impacting psychology on Capitol Hill.

State

Michigan Legislative Updates

  • Legislation that will bring Michigan into PSYPACT, the interstate compact that will permit Michigan psychologists to provide telehealth across state lines.
  • Approval of psychologists as professionals who can diagnose ADHD for the purpose of IEPs.
  • Amending language in Michigan’s new no-fault auto insurance law that restricts duly licensed psychologists from providing needed neuropsychological services for motor vehicle related injuries.
  • Banning conversion therapy in the treatment of LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Supporting access to mental health services and quality of care by appropriately trained and credentialed mental health providers across the professions.
  • Giving a MPA representative a seat at the table in the MDHHS Suicide Prevention Commission, per SB 2338 (now PA 177) of 2019. MPA nominated several highly qualified candidates to the Commission, and MDHHS tapped our own Adelle McLain Cadieux, PsyD to serve. Dr. Cadieux’s term on the Commission expires on 04/02/2024.
  • Supporting HB 4424-4425, which allows counties to establish county suicide fatality review task forces to gather data in an effort to address risk factors for suicide. Dr. Kovach and Ms. Jones provided clarifying information to State Reps. John Hoadley and Beth Griffin around this bill.
  • Gathering information to inform a strategic plan for the MPA RxP/Medical Psychology work group.


If you are a MPA member and have an issue that you believe MPA needs to address, please fill out MPA's Advocacy Request form.


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