State Journal-Register on SB 2187: “The risk to patients is too great.”
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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HFA #2 to SB 2187 – which would radically expand prescription-writing powers – puts patients at risk. Just ask the State Journal-Register.
In a May 7 editorial, the Journal-Register called on legislators to reject the bill, calling it “desperately flawed legislation.”
“Desperate” is right. The Illinois Psychological Association is desperate to expand revenues and shore up the schools of professional psychology. That’s why it’s pushing “RxP” legislation to let psychologists prescribe dangerous drugs. Under current Illinois law, advanced practice nurses (APNs) and physician assistants (PAs) can prescribe along with doctors. But they have medical training; psychologists don’t.
The Journal-Register saw through the IPA’s most dishonest argument: “Proponents of S.B. 2187 say the ability of mental health patients in underserved areas of the state to receive medication from psychologists will solve the problem of access. We disagree.”
The Journal-Register is one of six Illinois newspapers urging legislators to reject this bill. In addition to the Journal-Register, they include the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald, the Rockford Register Star and the Lake County News-Sun. . This bill was written to benefit psychologists – not patients. Tell your representative to VOTE NO on HFA #2 to SB 2187. For more information, visit http://coalitionforpatientsafety.com.