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Legislative Priorities

Vermont State House

What are the issues VPA is focusing on in the state and federal legislatures?

Pending Legislation

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Look at pending legislation related to mental health care and mental health care professions.

Advocacy Activity


What is VPA doing to advocate for mental health care and mental health care professions?

VPA Advocacy News

Prescriptive Authority

VPA is actively lobbying the Vermont legislature for passage of the pending legislation for prescriptive authority for doctorate-level psychologists.

Rick Barnett, VPA Legislative Committee Chair, is the president-elect of APA Division 55 (American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy) and will be lobbying in the 2020 session for passage of the current prescriptive authority bill.

Contact your legislator and ask them to support RxP!


Pending Legislation


Electroconvulsive Therapy (H.25)

Mental Illness in Criminal Competency Proceedings & Commitments (H.144)

Transition from Corrections System into Mental Health Rehabilitation System (H.182)

Management and Prior Authorization Parity for Mental Health Treatment (H.169)

Learn More

You can search for legislation, find your local legislators, and discover the status of pending bills at the website for the Vermont General Assembly.

VPA Legislative Priorities

Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists-Doctorate

VPA supports and advocates for current legislation giving prescriptive authority for doctorate-level psychologists with advanced post-doctoral training in clinical psychopharmacology. 

You can find the text of the pending legislation in the Vermont House of Representatives here and the legislation in the Vermont Senate here.

VPA advocates for this legislation to increase access to qualified prescribers, increase the quality of care by placing medication prescription with the talk therapy provider, and reduce mental health care costs.

Rural Mental Health Care

VPA advocates for issues related to increased sustainability of, and access to, mental health care in the rural areas of Vermont.

Integrated Care

VPA supports and advocates for the establishment of more integrated care models.  "Integrated care" is the systematic coordination of  general and behavioral healthcare.  Integrating mental health, substance  abuse, and primary care services produces the best outcomes and proves  the most effective approach to caring for people with multiple  healthcare needs.  You can read more about integrated care at the SAMHSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions website.

Grassroots Advocacy

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