Advocacy

WSPA has a long history advocating for mental health, the field of psychology, and social issues that affect Washingtonians.

The historic priorities WSPA has always supported in regard to policy and regulatory issues are:

  1. Maintaining the integrity and strength of psychology licensing laws
  2. Address any bills that affect disciplinary process (e.g. sentencing guidelines of unprofessional conduct)
  3. Address any bills that affect how we practice (e.g. changes to mental health parity or insurance)
  4. Social justice legislation (e.g. conversion therapy)
Our Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC) develops WSPA's annual legislative considerations which are presented to the Board of Trustees for approval or to set policy from. Legislative issues often involve the Office of the Insurance Commission (OIC) because insurance questions are the most asked from our members. Insurance issues also appear in legislation such as Volk vs DeMeerleer (Duty to Warn). 
WSPA will also comment on social issues such as racism, gun violence, women's and LGBTQ issues.
In addition to the legislative work done by our LAC and Lobbyist, WSPA affects legislation through the United Psychologists Political Action Committee (UP-PAC)

Our Legislative Agenda 

  1. HB1863 - We are excited to announce that HB1863, Creating a New Prescribing Psychologist Credential, sponsored by Rep. Nicole Macri- D-43, has been introduced for consideration in the 2022 legislative session.  HB1863 creates a new credential for Washington's psychologists and creates a pathway for any licensed psychologist to become a prescribing psychologist. View our Press Release.
  2. HB1286 - PSYPACT (bill title: Adopting the psychology interjurisdictional compact) was reintroduced in the 2022 legislative session. Should it pass, PSYPACT would allow most psychologists in Washington to provide telehealth services to clients residing in other states who are a part of the compact. Currently, PSYPACT has been enacted in 27 other states. WSPA supports this bill.
  3. SB5784 - Adding psychologists for mental health only claims to the list of those who can act as an attending provider for workers' compensation cases is a huge step forward. WSPA supports this bill.

WSPA also supports* the following legislation (in numerical order):

*This is not meant to be an exhaustive list.

Want to Talk about Legislation?

WSPA encourages members to advocate on behalf of our profession and in other domains that impact psychologists and our clients. Should you become aware of legislation and think WSPA needs to review it for consideration, please send all relevant information to our Director of Professional Affairs at DPA@WSPApsych.org.