In The News

PSYPACT Becomes Operational 

Posted: April 24, 2019

On April 23rd, 2019, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed GA HB 26 into law making Georgia the eighth state to enact the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT). Georgia joins seven other PSYPACT participating states including Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, and Illinois. The compact, developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), is set to become operational as soon as it becomes effective in seven states. PSYPACT legislation in Illinois (IL HB 1853) included an effective date of January 1, 2020, and therefore, Illinois does not officially join PSYPACT until that date. As legislation in Georgia is effective upon approval by the Governor, Georgia has become the next PSYPACT participating state required to make PSYPACT operational. 

View the full press release here!

Colorado Psychological Association Webinar Information

Posted: April 9, 2019

CPA has planned and hosted several great events and educational opportunities throughout 2019 so far. Our quarterly webinars are a perfect opportunity to obtain 1 CE credit!

Webinars are available to CPA members for free, with the ability to access the past recording. Non-members can view webinars by purchasing access to the webinars. As we prepare for quarterly webinars, make sure to look out for these CE opportunities from CPA!



CPA Listserv Information Update

Posted: April 23, 2019

CPA members are added to the COPSYCH Listserv as a part of membership. Recently, our database has been refreshed and all members have been uploaded. The following are reminders / instructions for the listserv: 

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Recent Action on Legislative Bills

Passed the House Floor on Second Reading

HB19-1193 by Representatives Herod and Pelton; also Senator Garcia--Behavioral Health Supports For High-risk Families

Rep. Pelton moves the bill and the appropriations committee report. Rep. Pelton explains that the appropriations committee report amends the appropriation to $500,000. The Committee Report is adopted. Rep. Herod explains that this bill works to address the lack of treatment of mothers by extending the enrollment to the special connections program for one year to help treat substance abuse issue in mothers. The bill also creates a waiver process for the program and two pilot programs. The bill is adopted on a voice vote.


HB19-1269 by Representatives Cutter and Sullivan; also Senators Ginal and Gardner--Mental Health Parity Insurance Medicaid

Rep. Sullivan moves the bill, Public Health and Appropriations Committee reports. Appropriations made two technical changes. The Committee Report is adopted. Rep. Cutter explains the public health report ensures all stakeholder were on the same page. The Committee Report is adopted. Rep. Sullivan explains that this puts mental health on the same level of importance on physical healthcare as mental healthcare. Rep. Cutter explains that half of coloradans who need mental health treatment are not getting it. Rep. Beckman asks if this is over and above the federal legislation. Rep. Cutter explains that federal healthcare parity is not being enforced so this bill puts that language in state law and enforces it. HB19-1269 passes on a voice vote.


Passed the Senate Floor on Second Reading

HB19-1039 by Representative(s) Esgar; also, Senator(s) Moreno – Identity Documents for Transgender Persons

Sen. Moreno moves the bill, the judiciary report, and the appropriations report. Judiciary committee made minor tweaks to the bill. They made sure that the bill applies the same to the Department of Public Health as it does to the Department of Revenue. In appropriations, they made an appropriation for programming changes in the DMV. The reports are adopted. 

Sen Moreno moves amendment L015. The amendment says that the state registrar shall notify the department of revenue when an individual is issued a new birth certificate. It also pushes the start date to January 1, 2020. The amendment passes. 

Sen. Moreno says it is an honor to bring this bill. It has been a long time in the making. It has been introduced in the last 4 or 5 legislative sessions and has never reached this point where they are having a discussion on the floor on making sure transgender people have documents that reflect who they are. It is an important bill to get government out of the way and makes sure people in Colorado can live a healthy, productive life without government interference. They know that identity documents are important in their every day lives. It is incredibly important that these documents for transgender Coloradans reflect who they are and their gender designation. This bill will allow for this to happen. When transgender people face so many challenges in their life, this is the least that they could do. This bill is named Jude’s Law. The namesake is in the Senate chamber today with her family. They have been fighting for this legislation for years. He encourages an aye vote. 

Sen. Crowder says there are to be three different choices on a birth certificate for gender. How would choosing X, being male nor female, for selective service? How does someone transitioning from male to female renounce their selective service? If you are X, are you relieved of any obligation for selective service? How do they deal with a situation, if a war breaks out in the future, where people change their birth certificate to avoid the draft? Sen. Moreno says it is not a question that has been raised before. For the selective service, they all know that all males in the country are required to register for selective service at 18 years of age. This bill will not change that requirement. As long as a person’s gender designation is male when they turn 18, they will still be registered for selective service. Not all people are born male or female. There is an intersex option. Currently, they want to make sure that that is also reflected until the point that they choose to designate themselves with a particular gender. Sen. Crowder asks if there have been conversations about people using the bill to avoid the draft? How do they safeguard this to make sure people are not doing this? Sen. Moreno says he does not think that this is a legitimate issue. He does not think people will use this process to dodge military service. They have made sure that anyone can be welcome in the military. That is the bigger issue, not the process that anyone could possibly use this to avoid the draft. The bill, to get at the concerns being brought up, you are allowed to change the gender designation on your birth certificate once. If a further change is necessary, you must go through a court proceeding. The other protection is, under penalty of perjury, you cannot file for a new birth certificate for any other reason other than reflecting your gender identity. 

Sen. Gonzales says it is a valuable question to ask on how they allow people to serve who want to but cannot. She speaks about the President’s transgender military ban. There are over 15000 members of the trans community who would like to be able to serve this country and are unable to do so. For someone who is willing and wants to serve, right not the federal government will not honor that desire to serve their country. She urges an aye vote because this is about ensuring that Coloradans are able to have the updated documents that reflect who they are. Sen. Coram says he thinks the more likely thing to happen is an end to the selective service program.

Sen. Crowder says that there is a ban on enlistment, but the people who are serving are still in. But when they talk about not thinking it will happen, they also did not think 100,000 people would leave to Canada but he says they did. This question will go on and on. He thinks it is an important question. The way to solve the question would be to ask that all people over 18 sign up for the draft.  Sen. Gonzales says people assigned male at birth are required to register for selective service, this includes people who have transitioned since them. People who are assigned female at birth are not required to. The bill is adopted. 


Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) Call for Nominations

The Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) would like to share the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) Call for Nominations. 

The role of CRSPPP is to evaluate areas of psychology to determine if they are appropriate for designation as proficiencies or specialties. Additionally, CRSPPP evaluates applications of entities to be recognized as credentialing organizations so that they may have their credential listed in the APA membership directory.

Commissioners shall also be nominated in such a fashion that ensures representation among them of (a) the broad scope of the practice of professional psychology, its scientific bases, and the Association's commitment to diversity and the public interest, and (b) an array of expertise in such matters as professional education, practitioner credentialing, program accreditation, continuing professional development, the identification of emerging patterns of practice, marketplace issues, legal/regulatory affairs, comprehensive and long-range knowledge of the development of specialties and the education and training system, student perspectives, consumer perspectives, evidence-based practice and/or science background. Additionally, of particular interest will be individuals with specific expertise in the areas of training / education (doctoral, internship, post-doctoral, post-licensure), independent private practice, diversity issues, licensure and regulation, and / or board certification and credentialing (in specialties and sub-specialties). 

In order to be selected, nominees must commit to serving the full three-year term (2020-2022). The workload of CRSPPP is extensive and requires both attendance at meetings and reviewing written materials throughout the year in preparation for meetings. Currently, CRSPPP is reviewing its policies and documentation as part of its ongoing work to ensure that APA policy in this area reflects the updated and also anticipated directions of the profession. 

All CRSPPP members are expected to: 1) attend CRSPPP’s scheduled face-to-face meetings in Washington, DC; and 2) respond to email correspondence between committee meetings. The dates of the upcoming scheduled spring and fall meetings are as follows: 

Fall 2019: October 11-22
Spring 2020: March 27-28
Fall 2020: October 16-17

APA reimburses CRSPPP members for the costs of attendance at required face-to-face meetings.  
Please submit your most recent CV to Jessica Andrade by Monday, April 22nd. Questions should be addressed to Jessica Andrade.

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