NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness Home | About NAMI | Contact Us | En Espanol  | Donate  
  Advanced Search  

Sign In
Register and Join
What's New
State & Local NAMIs
Advocate Magazine
NAMI Newsroom
NAMI Store
National Convention
Special Needs Estate Planning
NAMI Travel

 About Public Policy
  Current News & Alerts
  Policy Reports
  Policy Research Institute
  Child & Adolescent Action Center
  Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
  NAMI Policy Platform
  New Freedom Commission

Print this page
Graphic Site
Log Out
 | Print this page | 

NAMI’s Position on Prescribing Privileges for Psychologists

Based on the information and evidence obtained at the Task Force meeting and in preparing this report, staff believe that it would not be appropriate at this time for NAMI to adopt a position in support of state legislation allowing prescribing privileges for psychologists. NAMI recommends the following:

  • Implementation of the New Mexico law granting prescribing rights to psychologists should be carefully monitored, through the NAMI Policy Research Institute and other vehicles, to assess its impact on patient safety and outcomes, as well as its impact on addressing serious human resource shortages in public sector mental health.

    The only research conducted on psychologists’ prescribing privileges, the PDP was conducted under circumstances very different from those experienced by mental health practitioners in the public sector. DOD psychologists practice under controlled circumstances, with specific formularies and close collegial relationships with psychiatrists. Moreover, with some exceptions, they tend to treat patients with less serious mental illnesses

    By contrast, psychologists in the public sector would more likely treat patients with more serious mental illnesses and other medical conditions. They would also have less access to consultation and supervision by psychiatrist colleagues, due to severe workforce shortages in the public sector.
  • There appears to be a serious lack of clinical protocols guiding advance practice psychiatric nurses and other non-psychiatrists authorized to prescribe psychiatric medications regarding when to seek psychiatric  supervision or transfer complex cases to psychiatrists. Staff recommend that clinical protocols and algorithms be developed to guide practitioners in these treatment considerations.

This information is summarized from the Prescribing Privileges Task Force Report and Recommendations to the NAMI Board of Directors, December 2002.

Back to Prescribing Privileges for Psychologists

 | Print this page | 


Support NAMI to help millions of Americans who face mental illness every day.

Donate today

Speak Out

Inspire others with your message of hope. Show others they are not alone.

Share your story

Get Involved

Become an advocate. Register on to keep up with NAMI news and events.

Join NAMI Today
Home  |  myNAMI  |  About NAMI  |  Contact Us  |  Jobs  |  SiteMap

Copyright © 1996 - 2011 NAMI. All Rights Reserved.