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  • September 09, 2019 2:41 PM | Kelly Wetzel (Administrator)

    Delaware Joins the Psychology Interjurisdicational Compact (PSYPACT).

    On July 4, 2019, Governor Carney signed into law House Bill 172. This change in the law enters Delaware into PSYPACT, allowing Delaware licensed psychologists who wish to practice psychology in another compact state via telepsychology. For more information on PSYPACT, including which other states are members of PSYPACT, go to  www.psypact.org.

    COMPACT COMMISSION PROPOSED RULES:

    The Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact Commission has published Proposed Rules for consideration and comment. The Proposed Rules can be found HERE.

    These Proposed Rules are open for a period of 60 days for public comment for those stakeholders interested in providing such comment. The deadline for submission of written comments is September 30, 2019.

    Written comments should be submitted via the public comment form found on the PSYPACT website (www.psypact.org) and submitted to the PSYPACT Commission no later than 5:00 pm EST on September 30, 2019.

    A public hearing will be conducted via Zoom on October 1, 2019 beginning at 3:00 pm EST. Interested parties may participate and notification will be posted to the PSYPACT website (www.psypact.org) 30 days prior to the meeting with call -in information provided.

  • May 31, 2019 2:00 PM | Kelly Wetzel (Administrator)

    PSYPACT's Executive Director, Janet Orwig, MBA, joined the DPA on May 31st from 12-1 PM in order to support our members' understanding of PSYPACT.  Please use the information below to view a recording of the webinar.

    PSYPACT Webinar 

    2019-05-31 12.07 PSYPACT Webinar.mp4

    Check out these handouts for more information:

    Why PSYPACT is Important.pdf

    PSYPACT Fact Sheet.pdf

    PSYPACT and Discipline.pdf

    How PSYPACT Works.pdf


  • May 29, 2019 1:56 PM | Kelly Wetzel (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who made it to our evening with Dr. Arthur Evans on May 10th.  If you were not able to attend, but have interest in what was discussed, please check out this link for an audio recording of the night.  

    2019-05-10 17.48 A NIGHT OUT WITH DR. ARTHUR EVANS_1.mp3

  • May 06, 2019 11:38 AM | Kelly Wetzel (Administrator)


    SURVEY: AMERICANS BECOMING MORE OPEN ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
    American adults mostly harbor positive views about mental health, though some stigma remains
    WASHINGTON – Most Americans harbor positive views about mental health disorders and treatment, according to the results of a survey released today, in recognition of mental health month.  The survey was conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association.   

    A total of 87% of American adults agreed that having a mental health disorder is nothing to be ashamed of, and 86% said they believe that people with mental health disorders can get better, according to the poll.

    "The results of this survey are encouraging, and a signal that APA's and others’ work over the years to promote mental health care is paying off," said APA CEO Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD. "They indicate a willingness to be more open about mental illness, as well as a strong belief among older respondents that having a mental disorder is nothing to be ashamed of." 

    Despite this welcome news, some stigma still persists. A third of respondents (33%) agreed with the statement, "people with mental health disorders scare me," and 39% said they would view someone differently if they knew that person had a mental health disorder. 

    In the case of mental health disorders, familiarity seemed to breed comfort: 42% percent of people who had never had a mental health diagnosis or known someone who did said that people with mental health disorders scared them. Of people who had been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or knew someone who had, only 27% and 28%, respectively, said the same. Most respondents — 59% — know someone with a mental health disorder. This personal experience is a step toward destigmatizing mental illness, Evans said. 

    The survey found that 81% percent of people said they would be very or somewhat comfortable being friends with someone with a mental health disorder, and 79% would be very or somewhat comfortable interacting with a person with a mental health disorder. Those numbers dropped, though, for more intimate involvement: The proportion of people comfortable dating someone with a mental health disorder was 51%, and only 35% said they would be comfortable letting someone with a mental health disorder care for a child. 

    Notably, significant minorities of Americans do not consider the most common mental health disorders to be disorders. A third (33%) said they did not consider anxiety to be a mental illness, and 22% said the same about depression. 

    The survey also delved into attitudes about suicide. Large majorities of Americans agree that people who are suicidal can be treated and go on to live successful lives (91%) and that suicide can often be prevented (87%). Most also supported openness around suicide, with 87% agreeing that people should talk about suicide more openly, and 84% agreeing that people should not be ashamed to say a loved one died by suicide. Nearly 4 out of 5 (79%) agreed that less stigma and shame around mental health disorders would lower suicide rates. 

    However, 30% of people said that they would keep quiet about the cause of death if their own loved one died by suicide, and 63% agreed with the notion that suicide is a selfish act. 

    Young adults between 18 to 34 reported the poorest mental health of those surveyed, as well as the most shame around mental health disorders. Twenty-seven percent of this age group reported poor or fair mental health, compared with 20% of 35 to 64-year-olds and 4% of those 65 and older. While 92% of those 65 and older and 89% of those between 35 and 64 agreed that having a mental health disorder was not something to be ashamed of, only 78% of the youngest adults said the same. Young adults were also more likely than older age groups to believe that most mental health disorders do not require treatment (35% of 18 to 34-year-olds, 17% of 35 to 64-year-olds and 9% of those 65 and older), to say that they would keep quiet about the cause of death if a loved one died by suicide (40% of 18 to 34-year-olds, 30% 35 to 64-year-olds, 18% of those 65 and older), and to disagree that people with mental health disorders can live normal lives (23%, 14%, and 10%, respectively). 

    "More young adults reported feeling shame and stigma surrounding mental health issues than their older peers," Evans said. "This points to the need for psychology to continue to educate the public so that more people understand that there is no shame associated with being mentally ill." 

    The survey of 1,006 U.S. adults was conducted by The Harris Poll between Nov. 20-29, 2018. Respondents took a 15-minute online survey about their attitudes toward mental health disorders and mental health treatment. The results were weighted by education, age, gender, race, ethnicity, geography, household income, household size and marital status to represent the U.S. population. 

    The full report and additional graphics are available here.
  • May 06, 2019 11:32 AM | Kelly Wetzel (Administrator)

    Dear State Leaders,

    Thank you for attending our April 26 webinar describing our advocacy efforts around the implementation of the new psychological and neuropsychological testing codes.  The recording of that webinar can be found using this link.  Please share this with your relevant SPTA leaders who were unable to join us.

    The focus of the webinar was to seek your assistance in distributing a Testing Code Guide to local and regional payers. This document has been designed to help commercial and Medicaid payers appropriately process and pay these codes.  We had planned to share this document with you this week; however, during final review, industry experts had the helpful suggestion of including test billing examples to make the guide even more useful to payers. We are in the process of revising the document to include detailed examples around issues that have caused frequent confusion with payers:

    1. Psychological or neuropsychological testing over multiple days of service using base and add-on service codes
    2. Typical use of technician test administration and scoring; and 
    3. Use of the technician test administration and scoring code, and qualified health provider and technician test administration on the same date of service

    We hope to have the finalized document to you very soon.

    In conclusion, I am pleased to share a positive development regarding reimbursement.  Anthem BCBS of CT, the last major company we’re aware of with payment delays, appears to finally be reprocessing and paying claims. 

    Please continue to keep us informed of any problems.  Thank you all again for working with us to solve these issues.  


    Best Regards,

    Jared L. Skillings, PhD, ABPP

    Chief of Professional Practice, American Psychological Association

    Board-certified in Clinical, Clinical Health, and Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology

    Certified Black Belt, Six Sigma Process Improvement

    202-336-5913 JSkillings@apa.org Twitter: @JLSkillings Linkedin.com/in/jlskillings 

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