* If you’re checking the live session coverage post, you know that the House is currently debating legislation that would allow psychologists to prescribe medication. This is an agreed bill, written by the Medical Society, which is remaining publicly neutral.
A press release from the Coalition for Patient Safety has some dot points…
Psychologists have finally agreed to obtain biomedical education and clinical training so they can prescribe psychiatric medication:
• Clinical psychologists have to take a specific number of undergraduate biomedical science courses.
• And they will now receive a full-time practicum of 14 months supervised clinical training of at least 36 credit hours.
To further preserve patient safety, clinical psychologists have also accepted crucial limitations on their prescription privileges:
• Under the following circumstances, clinical psychologists will not be able to prescribe for:
o Patients who are less than 17 years of age or over 65 years of age.
o Patients who are pregnant.
o Patients who have serious medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, or seizures.
o Patients who have developmental disabilities and intellectual disabilities.
• Psychologists CANNOT prescribe benzodiazepine, Schedule II controlled substances or narcotics, and there are significant limitations to prescribing Schedule III through V controlled substances.
• Out-of-state clinical psychologists CANNOT prescribe in Illinois unless they meet the Illinois standards required for biomedical education and clinical training, and abide by the patient safety measures outlined in SB 2187.