2010 Annual Reports for Boards and Committees
Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice
The Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) serves a dual role, having governance responsibilities for both the 501(c)(3) American Psychological Association (APA) and the 501(c)(6) APA Practice Organization (APAPO). CAPP serves as the administrative agent of the APA Board of Directors 501(c)(3) exercising general governance supervision over the relevant affairs of the Practice Directorate. In addition, CAPP, in its role, as the administrative agent for the APAPO Board of Directors 501(c)(6) identifies, plans and implements projects important to the protection, defense and enhancement of professional practice.
The following provides highlights of CAPP members activities throughout 2010 related to its governance responsibilities for both the 501(c)(3) American Psychological Association (APA) and the 501(c)(6) APA Practice Organization (APAPO).
According to Association Rule 90-2.1, CAPP consists of nine regular members who shall be psychologists who provide health care services who are licensed to practice psychology in at least one state, district, or province, and who pay the annual assessment. CAPP may also appoint up to two special members, who need not be psychologists, chosen for their expertise. The same members who are elected to the CAPP (c)(3) constitute the same individuals who serve as the CAPP (c)(6).
The 2010 members of CAPP were: Sanford Portnoy, PhD (Chair); J. Paul Burney, PhD (Vice-Chair); Thomas DeMaio, PhD; Larry James, PhD; Monica Kurylo, PhD; Elaine LeVine, PhD; Jana Martin, PhD (replaced Helen Coons, PhD); Susan McDaniel, PhD; and Peter Sheras, PhD, and David White, CAE. Paul Craig, PhD, served in an ex-officio capacity as APA Treasurer; and Jean Carter, PhD and Armand Cerbone, PhD, served as the Board of Directors liaisons.
As the administrative agent of the APA Board of Directors 501(c)(3), CAPP is charged with the responsibility to: (a) be the administrative agent of the Board of Directors exercising general governance supervision over the relevant affairs of the Practice Directorate, (b) recommend to Council through the Board of Directors procedures for the enhancement of human welfare through the professional practice of psychology, (c) identify projects important to the enhancement of human welfare through the professional practice of psychology, and (d) recommend to the Board of Directors the needed funding for such projects.
(c)(3) Programs and Activities
Several major program areas and activities of the APA Practice Directorate reflect CAPP’s (c)(3) mission and purpose. During 2010, these included a number of major programs benefiting the APA membership.
Presidential Task Force on the Future of Psychology Practice:
The Council of Representatives at its February 19-21, 2010 meeting received the Final Report of the 2009 Presidential Task Force on the Future of Psychology Practice, and directed CAPP to oversee the collection of feedback from boards and committees related to implementing the recommendations outlined in the report.
Following the Council February 2010 meeting, CAPP reviewed the Final Report and discussed a process to monitor and follow-up on the recommendations outlined in the report. CAPP requested that all boards and committees meeting during the Spring 2010 Consolidated meetings review the report and provide information on activities currently being implemented (or planned) that addressed the recommendations outlined in the report.
At its October 2010 meeting, CAPP received a report from twelve (12) boards and committees who reviewed the Final Report and provided information on 83 activities currently being implemented and an additional 62 activities planned for the future. CAPP members agreed that the next step would be to create a working group who will plan for preparing a report that will provide an update to the APA Board of Directors on activities currently being implemented (and planned) related to the recommendations outlined in the report. In addition, the report will provide recommendations to the Board of Directors on next steps related to the follow-up of the report recommendations, in light of the APA and APAPO strategic plan. CAPP will review its plan at its first meeting in 2011.
Public Education Campaign (PEC):
The 2010 year marked the reauthorization of the Public Education Campaign (PEC) that was considered by the Council of Representatives at their February 2010 meeting. Due to its success, the Council directed staff to broaden the initiatives to be carried-out by the PEC to include activities in the Education and Science Directorates.
The PEC has a solid grassroots foundation with the PEC network of psychologists working through community and media outreach activities, and CAPP members will continue to participate in national and grassroots efforts through the PEC. Psychologists partnered with local and national organizations, such as the YMCA, leading workshops on stress, heart disease, depression and obesity. Initiatives such as, the Stress in America Survey made headlines around the globe as stories about the results reached nearly 340 million people through more than 1,000 news features on TV and radio, in newspapers, blogs and news and health Web sites.
The PEC’s focus on lifestyle and behavior in stress management reinforces APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program messages linking employee well-being to organizational performance and creates an opportunity for a natural partnership between the programs. Through the campaign, APA works with its affiliated state, provincial, and territorial psychological associations (SPTAs) to carry out their local Psychologically Healthy Workplace programs.
Disaster Response Network (DRN):
In addition to the public education campaign, APA’s Disaster Response Network (DRN) continues to provide a major vehicle for community outreach and support by member psychologists. The DRN is a national network of psychologists with training in disaster response who offer volunteer assistance to relief workers and survivors in the aftermath of disasters. Since the launch of the DRN in 1992, more than 2,000 psychologists have volunteered their time and professional skills to individuals, families and communities.
Committees reporting to CAPP, such as the Committee on Rural Health (CRH) continue to raise the awareness of the work of psychologists in rural settings. During 2010, the CRH provided a report to CAPP of its 2010 accomplishments and plans for 2011. The CRH report is provide as Exhibit 1. The CAPP Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disturbance (TFSMI/SED), also continued to focus its work on evaluating policy issues and supporting the unique contributions of psychologists working with populations experiencing serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance. Unique highlights related to the accomplishments and work of the TFSMI, and its future initiatives is provided as Exhibit 2.
Other Governance and Liaison Activities:
CAPP continues to support and welcome cooperative initiatives with other APA boards and committees. CAPP received updates on various initiatives during its meetings from representatives of the Board of Professional Affairs (BPA), the Committee of Early Career Psychologists (CECP), the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), and the Committee of State Leaders (CSL). CAPP members attended meetings of the Council of Representatives, Finance Committee, Board of Professional Affairs (BPA), and the Interdivisional Healthcare Committee (IHC).
In addition, CAPP members reviewed and provided comment on APA cross-cutting issues, guidelines and other initiatives including the following: APA/American Bar Association Relations, Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology, Revised Guidelines for Psychological Practice in Health Delivery Systems, Revised Guidelines for Psychological Evaluations in Child Protection Matters, Proposed Guidelines for Prevention Practice, Research, Education and Social Advocacy for Psychologists, and a Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) Proposed policy statement on Master’s Level Education.
Clinical Treatment Guidelines:
The Council of Representatives (COR) at its February 2010 meeting approved APA’s development of clinical treatment guidelines, including the establishment of an Advisory Steering Committee and Guidelines Development Panel (s) to assist in their development. CAPP, in cooperation with the Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) and the Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA), approved a call for nominations statement for the Advisory Steering Committee that was distributed on April 1, 2010. CAPP was asked to appoint two (2) members, to work collaboratively with two (2) members each from the Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) and the Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) to review materials submitted by qualified candidates and select a rank-ordered list of individuals who will represent the Advisory Steering Committee. The rank-ordered list will be reviewed by each of the respective boards before final submission to the Board of Directors for appointment.
CAPP members noted the importance of working collaboratively with BPA and BSA on this initiative, and will continue to be actively engaged in monitoring the development of treatment guidelines by APA in the years ahead.
CAPP members are mindful of the importance of having governance members that reflect the diversity of practitioners and the patients they serve and continue to work to enhance diversity within its own membership. During 2010, CAPP continued with a “culture check” during its meetings. One of the goals of the “culture check” is to have diversity and multiculturalism threaded throughout the committee discussion. In addition, CAPP members are asked to note diversity implications when recording minutes.
(c)(6) Mission and Vision
The mission of the APAPO is to advance, protect, and defend the professional practice of psychology.
APAPO is the resource of choice for professional psychologists.
APAPO is influential and respected in shaping sound healthcare and organizational system design, policy, and legislation.
APAPO promotes psychology as a culturally competent, valued, and respected profession.
APAPO advances the public understanding of psychologists as professionals who are guided by a strong scientific knowledge base and ethical principles and are uniquely qualified to promote health and positive functioning in diverse settings.
APAPO advocates for the availability and accessibility of psychological services and confronts abusive and restrictive policies and practices that limit practitioners’ ability to deliver services.
(c)(6) Role and Responsibilities
The APAPO Articles of Incorporation charge CAPP with the responsibility “to identify, plan and implement projects important to the protection, defense, and enhancement of professional practice and recommend to the Board of Directors the needed funding for such projects". As a separately incorporated (c)(6) organization, the Practice Organization is able to engage in advocacy on behalf of the profession free of the IRS provisions that constrain advocacy by a (c)(3) organization.
(c)(6) Programs and Activities
The APAPO mission and vision statements direct the role of CAPP members as policymakers and elected representatives of specific practice communities. CAPP members are guided by the expertise of Practice Directorate staff in carrying-out their (c)(6) responsibilities including those responsibilities related to federal and state advocacy, prescriptive authority and legal and regulatory activities.
Government Relations Regulatory/Legislative:
CAPP and the APAPO continue to join forces with practitioners and psychology advocates to educate and effectively influence policy makers on the role and value of professional psychology. CAPP members received updates throughout the year, from the APAPO GR staff, who continued to monitor changes in federal legislation that could impact psychologists and the provision of psychological services.
APAPO Government Relations (GR) staff briefed CAPP members on the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and its benefits for practicing psychologists. Among the key benefits are the following: parity in the inclusion of mental health and substance use benefits in qualifying health care plans and exchanges identified under the new legislation; extension of the restoration of the 5% cut in Medicare Part B reimbursement for mental health services; and the establishment of initiatives that that promote primary and integrated care, including the inclusion of psychologists in community interdisciplinary and interprofessional teams, consortia of health providers, and health home teams. In addition, GR staff briefed CAPP members on the recently released federal regulations implementing the Wellstone-Domenici Parity Act. The regulations appear favorable and addressed many identified concerns lobbied for by GR staff.
During its October 2010 CAPP meeting, Wayne Smith and Jerry Klepner, consultants to the APAPO, spent time with CAPP members reflecting on the political landscape, possible outcomes and impact of the Congressional races in the November 2010 elections on issues important to psychology.
State Advocacy and the State Leadership Conference (SLC):
CAPP continues to support the efforts of state psychological and territorial associations (SPTAs) that educate and influence policy makers on the role and value of professional psychology. The CAPP subcommittee reviewed and distributed funding to SPTAs throughout the year to support organizational efforts. CAPP provided, in 2010, nearly $500,000 to SPTAs for infrastructure support and advocacy – to support initiatives that protect the doctoral degree as the standard for psychologist licensure and advance and defend psychology’s scope of practice.
During the annual State Leadership Conference (SLC) nearly 500 psychology leaders from the U.S. and Canada convened in March 2011 for four days of leadership training, networking and legislative advocacy. The theme for the 2010 SLC was “The Power of Advocacy,” and the conference culminated on Capitol Hill, where SLC participants had more than 300 meetings with their members of Congress and staff to advocate for professional psychology.
Several major activities of the APAPO reflect CAPP’s (c)(6) mission and priorities on behalf of prescribing psychologists. The APAPO and CAPP continue to assist state associations in advocating for and promoting legislation that gives qualified licensed psychologists the authority to prescribe psychotropic medications. Prescriptive Authority (RxP) bills in 2010 were introduced or carried-over from the previous session in Arizona and Mississippi (bills died in committee), Illinois and Wisconsin (bills did not pass out of committee before the end of the legislative session), and the Virgin Islands. The Oregon Legislature passed RxP legislation however, the bill was vetoed by the Governor in April. In addition, fundraising efforts to support activities related to Prescriptive Authority (RxP) continued throughout 2010.
In 2010, CAPP established a work group to address an issue of concern that arose from several APA divisions (Divisions 12 – Section 2, 17, 22, 38, 43 and 54) about the use of the term “medical psychologist” by prescribing psychologists and the change in regulatory oversight of medical psychologists in Louisiana. As a result of its discussion, CAPP shared its opinion with the IHC via letter. CAPP noted that the opinion shared with the IHC represented the opinion of CAPP as a committee and was not a policy statement or recommendation of a policy statement by APA related to the use of the term, medical psychologist. CAPP will continue to monitor this issue in the years ahead.
Managed care and Reimbursement Initiatives:
CAPP continued to provide resources to implement the legal and regulatory strategies that have been put in place by the Practice Organization to assist SPTAs and influence the changing health care system. The APAPO conducted a nationwide survey in 2010, in which approximately 1,000 members were asked to assess healthcare insurers on their perceptions of the following: a) patient access, b) health information privacy, c) payment for necessary services, and d) satisfaction is addressing issues, such as payment for services. Feedback received from the survey was shared with major insurance companies with the intent to assist companies in understanding the perceptions of psychologists, and to encourage improvement access and service delivery.
Among the major initiatives in 2010, Legal & Regulatory Affairs staff provided support on litigation that included several different lawsuits in which plaintiff-consumers and providers alleged that Aetna, CIGNA, WellPoint and other large health insurers used a flawed database by Ingenix, a subsidiary of United HealthCare, to suppress the "usual, customary and reasonable" (UCR) rates utilized to pay for out-ofnetwork services. After the settlement reached by United HealthCare, psychologists nationally were eligible in 2010 to submit claims to the Ingneix class action settlement fund: APAPO Legal and Regulatory staff provided support and guidance to psychologists filing claims in the class action. In addition, Legal and Regulatory Affairs staff collaborated with the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) in collaborating and providing legal support to the NJPA in its action against the NJ State Health Benefits Plan.
Parenting Coordination Program Initiatives:
CAPP received updates throughout the year on the Parenting Coordination Program, an initiative begun five years ago, with the Family Court of the DC Superior Court that provides pro bono parenting coordination services to low-income families involved in child custody disputes, while providing training for closely supervised advanced psychology students at Argosy University. At its January 2010 meeting, CAPP members were provided an update on the assessment by Child Trends of the PC program in DC and its recommendations for replicating the DC program. The assessment and recommendations were included in a report prepared by Legal and Regulatory staff and submitted to the Casey Foundation at the end of February 2010. In addition, Parenting Coordination Guidelines were placed on the APA Spring and Fall Consolidated Meeting Agendas for review by boards and committees. As a last note, a Pre- Convention Institute entitled “Advanced Topics in PC” was held at the APA Convention in San Diego in August 2010 (approved for CE credit). A reception following the pre-convention activity provided a networking opportunity for legal and mental health professionals working in the field.
Exhibit 1 - CAPP 2010 Report
Committee on Rural Health
Report to the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice
October 22-24, 2010
The Committee on Rural Health has continued to promote issues of importance to rural communities and providers. The following are some of the highlights from this year:
One of the ongoing foci for CRH has been how to promote the integration of physical health and mental health care. Two significant developments that have elevated this discussion are health care reform, which includes billions of dollars related to integrated care, and the fact that Goal 2 of APA’s Strategic Plan is directly related to integrated care. CRH developed a comprehensive strategic initiative during the Spring consolidated meetings and continued discussion of the idea at our Fall meetings last month. A memo outlining our proposal is included elsewhere in your material and may be discussed during your Fall meeting.
In addition, CRH members have promoted integrated care through their own efforts and through collaboration with other groups. In fact, our reputation associated with this area has grown so that other APA committees are approaching CRH and asking to collaborate with us on integrated care projects. We were invited to be part of two symposia for the 2011 APA Convention that will be submitted to BAPPI on integrated care (coordinated by CONA) and on ways to assist underserved groups (coordinated by CDIP; our contribution to this one will be integrated care in rural areas). Members have been actively involved with the Primary Care Coordinating Group, which has become a part of Division 38. One of the questions that CRH will forward to the Election Committee for the APA Presidential candidates will relate to integrated care.
During the 2010 APA convention we included integrated care as part of our symposium (see below) and during our conversation hour where convention participants provided suggestions and feedback for how CRH can be helpful to APA members. One attendee suggested that we include more material on the CRH website on this topic or assist APA in providing a comprehensive outlet for this type of information.
Another major area for CRH has been how technology can be used to assist with service provision in rural areas. We assisted with the development of a 4 hour CE workshop on best practices in telepsychology as a follow-up to a presentation in the 2009 CRH symposium. We have promoted the use of technology with various groups, including responding to the APA Commission on Accreditation’s Implementing Regulation that limited telesupervision during practicum and internship to 50% of required hours. We have discussed how internship programs and licensure boards may or may not count service and supervision hours accrued using technology but have not taken any formal steps in these areas. We know that ASPPB has been looking at technology issues. The CRH Chair was invited to participate in BPA’s October 21 retreat on technology, which we believe was a nice acknowledgement that BPA is aware of the importance of technology to increase and enhance service provision in rural areas.
CRH was not as active this past year in discussions about prescription privileges but it has remained part of our agenda and is included when we review important areas in our portfolio. We are aware that many states have included rural needs in their arguments for RxP and we have suggested that CRH may be helpful in identifying rural psychologists who might be able to testify or otherwise lend support to efforts in various states.
We think that the importance of RxP, or at least sufficient training in medications, is especially important if there is a concerted effort to include psychologists in integrated care or hospital settings. Thus, our discussions of integrated care inevitably also involve comments about RxP.
NHSC Loan Repayment Program
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program offers up to $50,000 of loan forgiveness for two years of service from psychologists working in high-need areas. The CRH has promoted this program to the member of its Rural Health Coordinator Network to get more psychologists in underserved, rural areas.
One positive change is that half-time service providers are now eligible for repayment. However, a limitation is that it requires a year of post-degree practice, regardless of licensure status, before one is eligible for the program. This is inconsistent with the movement in several states to allow licensure immediately following graduation and therefore may be a deterrent to enrollment in those states. CRH and staff have raised this issue but have not had success in getting any changes enacted, yet.
Above we noted that we held a CRH symposium and a CRH conversation hour and supported the submission of a half-day CE workshop on telepsychology. The CRH symposium covered ethics, training, and key topics (e.g., integrated care, technology). Staff and CRH members also attended other programming associated with rural issues and passed out cards, talked about CRH, and invited speakers/participants to contact us.
We hope to have a strong presence in 2011 as well. Earlier we noted being invited to be part of symposia coordinated by CDIP and CONA. We also plan on submitting our own proposal focused on integrated care and are working on a half-day CE on rural service provision.
Rural Psychology Book
CRH members were contacted by Springer to put together a handbook on rural mental health that would be directed toward health professionals and students of all types who are interested in working in rural settings. The book should be finished in 2011.
Plans for 2011
Committee members who will be continuing in 2011 have identified projects on which to work and the overall committee will add a focus on dealing with isolation. Projects will include (a) focus on prevention (e.g., suicide, obesity, unwanted teen pregnancy), (b) focus on diversity, (c) data collection for CRH as part of an ongoing study, (d) focus on social networking (in collaboration with CECP), and (e) policy issues (e.g., reimbursement for practicum students, interns, and post-docs).
Exhibit 2 - CAPP 2010 Report
APA CAPP Task Force on Serious Mental Illness/Severe Emotional Disturbance 2009 – 2010 Report
A. 2009 – 2010 Work and Accomplishments
With the support of CAPP, the TF again sponsored a CE approved Convention symposium in 2010 which was very well attended. This series of symposia has been supported by CAPP and presented by the TF every year since 2005. In addition, at the request of the Ethics Committee, the TF co-sponsored a second CE approved symposium at the 2010 Convention on the law and serious mental illness.
The TF presented a full day CE workshop at the 2010 convention. As with other TF offerings, the workshop was well attended. Evaluation ratings received from the APA Office of Continuing Education indicate that the workshop was very well received with an overall score of 4.4 out of a possible 5 points.
The TF nominated several individuals to APA Boards and Committees. Nominations supported by the TF were submitted to: CAPP, Board of Professional Affairs (BPA), Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI), Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF), and the Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP). The TF hopes to raise awareness of psychology’s role in serious mental illness and severe emotional disturbance.
The TF nominated and was successful in having appointed, a TF member to the Advisory Steering Committee of the APA Recovery to Practice initiative.
The TF nominated two individuals for the APA Clinical Treatment Guidelines Advisory Steering Committee. Neither was appointed. As there are several evidence based practices developed to assist people with serious mental illness and much of the validation work on these has been done by psychologists, the TF hopes to highlight the potential for practicing psychologists to increase their work in this area.
The TF initiated a new project designed to encourage greater attention to mental health issues in the criminal justice system. TF members are working with APA staff from BPA, BAPPI, and the General Counsel’s office on this initiative.
The TF continued its work to promote the Proficiency on the Assessment and Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and to develop curriculum models, evaluation mechanisms, continuing education requirements, and a certification system for the Proficiency.
The TF continued its work on the survey of the functions of psychologists in state hospitals.
The TF continued its work to update the Catalogue of Clinical Training Opportunities: Best Practices for Recovery and Improved Outcomes for People with Serious Mental Illness.
The TF continued its work to promote the Resolution on Recovery, passed in 2009 by the APA Council of Representatives.
B. Future Directions and Initiatives
The TF plans to continue its tradition of presenting a CE approved symposium at the APA Convention.
Based on the outstanding evaluation received for the 2010 CE workshop, the TF plans to submit a proposal for a full day CE workshop on evidence based practices for the APA 2011 Convention.
The TF plans to continue development of curriculum models, evaluation mechanisms, continuing education requirements, and a certification system for the Proficiency on Assessment and Treatment of Serious Mental Illness. A plan to market and promote the Proficiency is also under development.
In an effort to increase psychologists’ awareness of the relevance and importance of psychological input in the treatment of individuals with serious mental illnesses, the TF plans to continue to nominate psychologists who are knowledgeable about these issues to APA Boards and Committees.
The TF plans to continue its work with BPA, BAPPI, and General Counsel staff to encourage greater attention to mental health issues in the criminal justice system.
The TF plans to continue to work with CAPP and BPA on initiatives that intersect professional psychology and serious mental illness, such as Medicare and other legislative priorities, state hospital and forensic institutions, and the issues relevant for psychology in these settings, etc.
The TF will continue its efforts to increase the visibility of serious mental illness by promoting the Resolution on Recovery, and by continuing to comment on relevant policy documents, working more closely with other Boards and Committees, and continuing to publish scholarly articles.
C. TF Work and Accomplishments Prior to 2009
With support from CAPP, the TF sponsored a Convention symposium every year since 2005. The symposium has been approved for CE credit each year and continues to be very well attended.
The TF developed the Petition for the Renewal of the Proficiency on the Assessment and Treatment of Serious Mental Illness. The petition was submitted to CRSPPP, under the sponsorship of Division 18. The APA Council of Representatives approved the renewal of the Proficiency at its Convention meeting held Wednesday, August 5, 2009.
The TF developed a Resolution on Recovery for those with serious mental illness and the Resolution was endorsed by CAPP and submitted to the Board of Directors for consideration, and then forwarded to the Council of Representatives. The Resolution on Recovery was approved by Council at its Convention meeting held Wednesday, August 5, 2009.
The TF developed the Catalogue of Clinical Training Opportunities: Best Practices for Recovery and Improved Outcomes for People with Serious Mental Illness. The Catalogue is a comprehensive listing of evidence based practices, best practices, training information and literature which is linked on the APA website. The TF continually updates the document, adding new information and deleting information that is out of date. The Catalogue is widely accessed and has been cited in two review articles.
The TF developed, and with CAPP support circulated, a survey of Clinical Training Directors to determine the extent to which graduate students have opportunities to learn about and work with, individuals with serious mental illness. As a result of the survey, a series of papers was initiated as noted below.
The TF initiated a series of scholarly articles. These are as follows:
Silverstein, S. M. and Bellack, A. S. (2008). A scientific agenda for the concept of recovery as it applies to schizophrenia. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 7, 1108 – 1124.
Reddy, F., Spaulding, W., Jansen, M., Menditto, A., and Pickett, S. (2010). Psychologists’ roles and opportunities in rehabilitation and recovery for serious mental illness: A survey of training and doctoral education. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 4, 4.
Lysaker, P. H., Glynn, S. M., Wilkniss, S. M., and Silverstein, S. M. (2010). Psychotherapy and recovery from schizophrenia: A review of potential applications and need for future study. Psychological Services, 7, 2, 75 - 91.
Silverstein, S. M. and Lysaker, P. H. (2009). Progress Toward a Resurgence and Remodeling of Psychotherapy for Schizophrenia: Editors’ Introduction to Special Issue of Clinical Case Studies. Clinical Case Studies, 8 (special journal issue).
The TF endorsed a survey on the functions of psychologists in state hospitals. Results will be published when final data are analyzed.
The TF nominated and was successful in having one of its members appointed, to a two year term on APA’s Committee on Socioeconomic Status.
The TF sent a letter to the Nebraska Governor and State representatives in response to the announced closure of the Nebraska Community Transition Program. The program was one of the few programs in the country that treated those with serious mental illness from a rehabilitation and recovery perspective. The program was also important as it served as one of the few comprehensive training sites in psychosocial rehabilitation for clinical psychology students and mental health trainees of other disciplines. The program was closed but partly as a result of the TF’s action, State legislators conducted an interim study to determine how to provide evidence based practices provide in the State.
The TF has worked with CAPP and the Practice Directorate on several important items related to psychologists’ roles and functions in state hospitals, forensic institutions, and the status of psychologists in various pieces of Federal legislation, including the definition of physician in the Medicare statute.
The TF submitted comments on two important APA policy documents. These are a) the Model Licensure Act, and, b) the Guidelines for Assessment of, and Intervention with, Individuals Who Have Disabilities.