The American Psychological Association is lauding a new Illinois law allowing certain types of psychologists to prescribe psychiatric medications. “This is a landmark moment for mental health care,” says CEO Norman Anderson in an APA press release. The new law doesn’t allow psychologists to prescribe psychiatric medications to children, adolescents, adults age 66 or older, or to those with serious medical conditions. However, the press release states, “Psychology advocates are hopeful that prescribing psychologists in Illinois will eventually earn a broader scope of prescriptive authority.”
According to the APA, New Mexico was the first state to pass a prescribing law for psychologists in 2002, and Louisiana followed in 2004.
APA Applauds Landmark Illinois Law Allowing Psychologists to Prescribe Medications (Press Release, American Psychological Association, June 25, 2014)