New Jersey Psychiatric Association

A District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association

Protecting New Jersey Patients
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A2170 Recommended Vote "NO" and Opponents

Against Prescription Privileges for Psychologists


American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Scope of Practice


GAO Condemns DoD "Prescribing Psychologists"


1997 GAO report on RxP and DOD Project


Bush, PhD, John Winston SSCP Task Force Statement on Prescribing Privileges, Clinical Science, Winter 2001 Issue, newsletter of the Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology, Section III, Division 12, American Psychological Association   


Bush, J  APA's [American Psychological Association] training model: Is it really based on the Defense Department experiment? 


Heiby, E and J Bush Giving prescribing privileges to psychologists would be a very dangerous experiment. Here are 10 reasons why.Clinical Science, Fall 2002 Issue 


International Society Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurses Position Statement


Ornish, Steven Psychopharmacolgy for Dummies Legislative Battles Over Prescription and Hospital Privileges for Psychologists San Diego, January 2009


Pollitt, Brian Fool's Gold: Psychologists Using Disingenuous Reasoning to Mislead Legislatures into Granting Psychologists Prescriptive Authority, American Journal of Law & Medicine, 29 (2003), 489-524


Psychologists Opposed to Prescription Privileges for Psychologists (POPPP) Petition - A Request That You Oppose Legislation Granting Prescription Privileges for Psychologists


Robiner, W. N., Bearman, D. L., Berman, M., Grove, W. M., Colón, E., Armstrong, J., & Mareck, S. (2002). Prescriptive authority for psychologists: A looming health hazard? Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9, 231-248.


Robiner, W. N., Bearman, D. L., Berman, M., Grove, W. M., Colón, E., Armstrong, J., Mareck, S., Tanenbaum, R. (2003). Prescriptive authority for psychologists: Despite deficits in education and knowledge? Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 10(3), 211-222. doi:10.1023/A:1025419114038 


Robiner, W. N., Tumlin, T. R., & Tompkins, T. L. (2013).Psychologists and medications in the era of interprofessional care: Collaboration is less problematic and costly than prescribing. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. 20, 489-507.


Stuart, RB and E. Heiby To Prescribe or Not to Prescribe: Eleven Exploratory Questions The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice Vol 5, N 7, 2007


Reasons for Pushing for Prescribing Privileges 

Bush, PhD, J SSCP Task Force Statement on Prescribing Privileges,Clinical Science, Winter 2001 Issue


Earles, J. E., L. C. James, et al. (2006). "Prescribing non-psychopharmacological agents: a new potential role for psychologists in primary care settings and specialty clinics." J Clin Psychol 62(10): 1213-1220. [Abstract] 


McGuinness, K. M. (2012). "The prescribing clinical health psychologist: a hybrid skill set in the new era of integrated healthcare." J Clin Psychol Med Settings 19(4): 434-440. [Abstract]


Reeves, II, PhD, John L et al Prescriptive Authority (RxP) Will Benefit All California Psychologists and the Patients We Serve



Pies, R. W. (1991). "The "deep structure" of clinical medicine and prescribing privileges for psychologists." J Clin Psychiatry 52(1): 4-8. 

Abstract: "Clinical medicine in general and psychiatry in particular have their roots in the Hippocratic tradition. It is this tradition that defines the "deep structure" of the medical profession. Although the field of clinical psychology has a similar "surface structure" to that of psychiatry and general medicine, it has evolved from a wholly different set of deep structural antecedents. These issues relate directly to the question of "prescribing privileges" for psychologists. The addition of course work in psychopharmacology to the psychology curriculum would not alter the deep structure of the profession nor would it equip psychologists to prescribe psychotropic medication. There are, however, ways in which the disciplines of medicine and psychology can cooperate in the education of clinicians."Access



Maps of New Jersey Geographical Distribution

Psychiatrists and Primary Care Physicians


Distribution Comparison - Physicians (Psychiatrists and Primary Care) vs. Psychologists


Standards/Safety and Education

AMA Advocacy Issue Brief: Pharmacology education of physicians, 2011

American Academy of Family Physicians Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents Human Behavior and Mental Health, Reprint No. 270

Narrow, W Factors Related to Medication Prescribing, 2004

AMA  A Physician’s Education, 2014



Integrated Care

Improving Access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care: Integrated Collaborative Care


NJPA Experience in Louisiana
and New Mexico

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Congressman Patrick Kennedy Opposes Psychologist Prescription Privileges

Speaking to the psychiatric physicians of the American Psychiatric Association Assembly Meeting November 9, 2013

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“Only someone with a medical degree and training, like all of you, can make those diagnoses and prescribe the necessary medications for people with a brain-related illness.”

Association Inquiries:

Patricia DeCotiis, Esq.
Executive Director
New Jersey Psychiatric Association
New Jersey Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
208 Lenox Ave #198
Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: 908-588-3540

Media Inquiries:

Matt Stanton
Phone: 973-699-3115 (cell)

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Latest News

Don’t let psychologists prescribe drugs

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Dr. Consuelo Cagande: Don’t let psychologists prescribe drugs

During the last state legislative session, New Jersey psychologists aggressively lobbied for a bill that would grant them the authority to write prescriptions for any drug in the Physician Desk Reference. Under the proposed legislation, non-physician psychologists with a master’s degree and 400 hours of training would be able to write prescriptions for some of the most powerful psychotropic medications available on the market today.

Read the full article from Asbury Park Press on April 13, 2016 by clicking here.

N.J. bills allowing psychologists to prescribe medications would harm patients

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As a licensed medical doctor and practicing psychiatrist in New Jersey, I am very concerned that the state Legislature is considering bills A2892 and S1864. This legislation would allow psychologists to prescribe medications; it would, in effect, confer a license to practice medicine without a medical education.

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Only medical doctors should be allowed to prescribe medication

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Newly appointed executive director of NJ Psychiatric Association says proposed legislation will endanger patients

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News on A2892/S1864

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TRENTON — Psychiatrists in New Jersey have launched an online campaign they hope will torpedo “risky” legislation that gives psychologists the authority to write prescriptions.

The New Jersey Psychiatric Association unveiled a new website,, that explains why the state legislature, the governor and the public should oppose the bill that passed the Assembly in June. To view the full article on click here.