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YOUR INVESTMENT IN YOUR PROFESSION

On June 23, the NCPA Office mailed a packet to every NCPA member. Included is a 2017-18 dues notice, an individual profile from the NCPA database, and an FYI with lots of information. We hope each of you will continue Your Investment in Your Profession by returning your dues payment to the office or by paying dues online as quickly as possible. Online payment is available beginning July 1. To pay online, click the ‘For Members‘ tab above. Login by entering your username (email address) and password.

In order to save paper, printing, and postage, the following documents are posted here:

Thank you for being a valued member of NCPA!


LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST STATE OF NC & NCDHHS

Lawsuit Filed Against the State of North Carolina and the NC Department of Health and Human Services for Their Institutionalization and Segregation of People with Disabilities: http://bit.ly/2qjMs4w  


APAPO’S DOUG WALTER ON ACHA’S MH IMPACT

Doug Walter, the APA Practice Organization’s Associate Executive Director for Government Relations, was interviewed on CNN regarding the proposed AHCA’s impact on mental health coverage. Click for a link to the video as well as a transcript of the interview: .


APA VOICES DISAPPOINTMENT UPON PASSAGE OF AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT

The American Psychological Association and its affiliated APA Practice Organization expressed disappointment that the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act and urged the Senate to reject the bill, which is projected to take health insurance away from millions of Americans and undermine the vitally important Medicaid program.

“The American Health Care Act passed by the House today by a vote of 217 to 213 is significantly worse than the version considered last month,” said APA President Antonio E. Puente, Ph.D.  “The bill now opens the door to health plans once again charging exorbitant premiums to the tens of millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.  It is estimated that about 45 million Americans experience a behavioral health condition over the course of a year. The $8 billion payment to states for setting up a high-risk pool would cover only about 76,000 people – this is barely a drop in the bucket.”

Click for more: www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/05/ahca-disappointment.aspx


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/


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


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!


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.


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