Chair: Joshua Cohen, Ph.D. [Contact]
Mission or Role of Committee: The Legislative Committee advises the MPA on all matters concerning upcoming legislation, helping the Association form position statements, recruiting lobbyists, and encouraging members to contact their legislators about matters important to MPA members. They help facilitate grassroots involvement in and input into government affairs priorities, strategies, and activities at the federal and state level.
Accomplishments this Past Year: (2014-2015) A brief and incomplete list: Defeated Lynette's Law, responded to the Board of Examiners open comment period on new regulations for psychological associates and supervisors, and tracked and participated at some level on eight child abuse/neglect and/or mandatory reporting bills in the state legislature. The committee tracked roughly 80 bills that could impact mental health in Maryland and responded when necessary. MPA was recognized by the state legislature, which named MPA as a participant on numerous task force bills, and asked MPA to participate in a legislative summer study on telehealth for mental health providers.
Current Initiatives: Participate in summer study on telehealth for mental health providers. Survey membership regarding issues of interest.
Future Goals: 1) Continue the push to have MPA recognized by the state legislature as being the most powerful "association-voice" on mental health issues in Maryland; 2) Work to be sure that MPA is considered by legislators as a primary resource on issues of mental health in Maryland; 3) Have a seat at every table in Annapolis when mental health issues are being discussed.
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