From WJCT: “A new bill would allow psychologists in Florida to prescribe medication. If passed, Florida would be the sixth state to make the change. […]
‘There’s just a huge need for people who can prescribe effectively,’ said Andrew Hicks, legislative chair of the Florida Psychological Association. ‘And it also would allow psychologists to be able to help those patients who need to get off medication, or who need a combined therapy of psychotherapy and medication management.’
Hicks says by 2025 there will be a greater shortage of psychiatrists than any other medical specialty. […]
To qualify, licensed psychologists would have to take a two-year psychopharmacology course, complete clinical hours and pass an exam.
The American Psychological Association has praised the passage of similar efforts in Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, New Mexico and Louisiana.”