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URGE YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS: SUPPORT PSYCHOLOGISTS IN MEDICARE PHYSICIAN DEFINITION

All psychologists are urged to contact their member of Congress and two Senators to urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 1173 and S. 448 which would allow psychologists to provide Medicare services to patients without unnecessary physician supervision in many treatment settings by amending the Medicare definition of “physician” to include psychologists. This definition already includes podiatrists, chiropractors, optometrists, and dentists. Psychologists are the only doctoral-level provider not included. For a link to make contact:

Click here to write to your Members of Congress today and urge them to co-sponsor the Medicare Mental Health Access Act!


BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS BOOKLET

APA has produced a booklet titled “Business Fundamentals for Psychologists”. This primer on business fundamentals is designed to provide a basic understanding of key business functions and to help you explore opportunities to expand your value as a professional. Click this link to download the booklet:

psyciq.apa.org/business-fundamentals-psychologists/


2017 SPRING CE WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCE: APRIL 28 & 29

The 2017 Spring CE Workshops and Conference are just around the corner! The workshops will take place Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The Keynote Speaker at Saturday’s Annual Membership Luncheon is Antonio Puente, Ph.D., President of the American Psychological Association.

The flyer and registration form are posted here.

Directions to the Friday Center are posted here.

We look forward to seeing you!


FAVORABLE US SUPREME COURT DECISION

On March 28, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Moore v. Texas invalidating Texas’s use of lay-based stereotypes for determining intellectual disability in death penalty cases, and relying in part on the amicus brief submitted by APA regarding the accepted professional and clinical standards used to diagnose intellectual and developmental disabilities. See the Supreme Court decision here and the reference to APA’s brief on page 14 of the majority opinion.

APA Press Release: www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/03/intellectual-disability.aspx

APA Amicus Brief: https://ncpsychology.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/APA-Court-Brief.pdf


APAPO ACTION ALERT ON FEDERAL HEALTHCARE BILL

In an Action Alert sent to members on March 16, APA noted in a letter to Congressional Leaders, “As we have previously communicated, we believe that any health care reform legislation to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) considered by Congress should increase the number of Americans with coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment. Unfortunately, as the recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concludes, the American Health Care Act would significantly decrease Americans’ access to these services, and by 2026 would take coverage away from an estimated 24 million people who would have otherwise been covered under current law, nearly doubling the proportion of Americans without health insurance.” Click here for the Action Alert and take action.


2017 STUDENT POSTER SESSION

NCPF is proud to sponsor the Annual Student Poster Session! The event is in conjunction with the 2017 Spring CE Workshops and Conference on Saturday, April 29 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. If you have questions, please contact Office Manager Carol Kulwicki at [email protected]. Thank you!


NCPA ELECTION INFORMATION

It is time for the 2017 NCPA elections. Voting members were sent an e-mail on Friday, February 24 with the link to their ballot and information on voting. Click here for information on the candidates.


GRAD STUDENTS: TWO TRAVEL GRANTS AVAILABLE TO STUDENT MEMBERS

There are two mechanisms for travel grant awards for NCPA graduate student members to encourage dissemination of research findings from NC graduate programs to a broader audience at national conferences, and to support the growth of NC graduate students to become key players in their respective field in psychology.

The SASA Student Travel Grant Program is sponsored by NCPF’s Scientific, Academic and Student Affairs Committee and awards one grant of $500 each January. For additional details and an application, please click here.

The Wasik Student Travel Grant is sponsored thanks to a generous gift from Barbara H Wasik, Ph.D.. The grant is awarded annually, with the recipient receiving $500 each July.  Please click here for more information and an application.


NC DISASTER INFO & UPDATES

Late in the evening of Thursday, January 5, NC experienced major changes in our weather forecast. The information below is intended to keep you informed before we close the NCPA office for the weekend; changes will doubtless occur. Have a safe weekend!


APA ANNOUNCES NEW CEO

APA President Tony Puente announced on Thursday that psychologist Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D. would be the next CEO of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Evans, who spent the last 12 years as commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and disAbility Service, assumes his new post on March 20. Click here for the press release with more information about Dr. Evans.


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