Vermont aims for passage of prescriptive authority bill in 2024

By Andrew Cromarty
July 14th, 2023
Vermont psychologist Rick Barnett, Psy.D.
Vermont psychologist Rick Barnett, Psy.D.

Could this help the prescriber shortage?

In 2017, Connecticut sought to join New Mexico, Louisiana, Illinois, Iowa, Idaho, and Colorado as the seventh state to allow qualified psychologists to prescribe psychotropic medications. The Connecticut Psychological Association submitted a Request for Review of Scope of Practice for Psychologists, citing a shortage of psychological prescribers across the country. The review was approved by the Department of Public Health, resulting in Senate Bill 966. It died in committee in the spring of 2019.

In the years since, the COVID pandemic has exacerbated the nation’s mental health crisis, making it even more difficult for people to get the mental health treatment they need. Even with the addition o...

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