ACT NOW TO PREVENT PSYCHOLOGY PRESCRIBING IN NEW YORK
Late last week, a bill (S. 5824) was introduced in the NYS Senate that would expand the scope of practice of psychology by authorizing psychologists to prescribe medication used in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of individuals with psychiatric, mental, cognitive, nervous, emotional or behavioral disorders.
NEW YORK'S HIGHEST COURT ISSUES KEY DECISION ON PHYSICIAN-PATIENT PRIVILEGE
On May 5, 2015, the New York State Court of Appeals unanimously held in People v. Rivera that the physician-patient privilege was not abrogated in a criminal proceeding where a defendant's psychiatrist was called to testify at trial concerning the defendant's admission that he had abused a child. NYSPA filed an amicus brief in the case arguing that the physician-patient privilege precluded the psychiatrist's testimony, which should not have been allowed. The Court of Appeals agreed with NYSPA's position, affirming the Appellate Division's holding that the lower court erred in permitting the psychiatrist to testify and remanding the case for a new trial.
NYSPA congratulates Lois Kroplick, D.O. on being named 2014 Physician of the Year Award by the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society. The award was presented on February 21st at the President’s Reception during the 2014 Regional Osteopathic Convention.
Dr. Kroplick is the first psychiatrist to have received this honor. Click here to view a copy of Dr. Kroplick's acceptance speech.
NYSPA Provides Testimony on SAFE Act Reporting Requirement
On May 31, 2013, NYSPA presented testimony at a Senate hearing regarding the impact of the SAFE Act mental health reporting requirement.