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A District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association

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A2170

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TIMELINE

March 10, 2014 - A2892 introduced March 24 - S1864 introduced 

Grant prescriptive authority to certain psychologists

June 6, 2014 - Assembly Regulated Profession Committee voted (9 to 2) to the entire Assembly

If you have a comment about A2170 Contact Us

Tell your Assembly member You Oppose A2892.  Tell your Senator You oppose S1864

By electronic correspondence:  Click here

By Telephone: see below

By a Letter: Sample Letter for Your Assemblyman or Assemblywoman

Find Your Legislator Addresses and Telephones:  "Find Your Legislator"


 

The Bills

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2014-2015

A2892  and S1864

2012-2013

A2419  and S137

A2419 and S137 are the bills from the last legislative session. A new session started January 2014.  Therefore, new bills had to be introduced.

 

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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

Click on arrow below to listen to former Congressman Kennedy.

“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
Email: Patricia.DeCotiis@njpsychiatry.org
Website: www.njpsychiatry.org

Media Inquiries:

Matt Stanton
Phone: 973-699-3115 (cell)
Email:mstanton@mbi-gs.com

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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.

Read the full article on nj.com by clicking here.



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

Read the full article on myCentralJersey.com by clicking here



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, ProtectNJpatients.com, 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 nj.com click here.