DHHR Slashes Forensic Evaluation Rates
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced today that it is slashing provider reimbursement for Court Ordered Forensic Evaluations by about 75%, effective August 1, 2014. This cut in payments to providers comes concurrently with a significant increase in administrative burden on providers. Below is the complete text of the DHHR's memo and the new Forensic Evaluation Manual.
Nominees Named for 2014-2015
President-Elect: Richard Workman
School Psychology Representative: Rachel James
Student Representative: Mary Kaufman
Brezinski Proposes New Licensing Method
Psychologist and long-time member of the West Virginia State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, William Brezinski, M.A., has proposed a new method for licensing psychologists in West Virginia. The Executive Committee of WVAPP has reviewed Mr. Brezinski's proposal with great interest, and has now turned it over to the general membership for discussion and feedback.
WVAPP plans to take a position on this proposal once the membership has had an opportunity to review, digest, discuss it, and give feedback and direction to the Executive Committee.
Proposed By-Laws Revisions
Presented below is a draft of the revised bylaws which are up for discussion and possible approval during the general meeting of the membership on June 6, 2014.
July 20, 2012
Approved by vote of the Association on April 15, 2012
and amended by vote of the membership July, 2012
WEST VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS
President's March Letter to Membership
Dear Fellow WVAPP Members:
I am happy to report that our Association is continuing to fulfill our mission of “promoting quality, affordable psychological services accessible to ALL West Virginians.” The West Virginia Legislature has just completed the 2014 session and it should be commended for maintaining our current licensing law. West Virginia’s psychology licensing law allows broad access to an increasing demand for quality psychological services, leaving our state better off than many small, rural states with more restrictive laws. Moreover, Gov. Tomlin has apparently decided that the West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists be maintained as currently constituted. We commend the Gov. for recognizing the need for maintaining a balance of competing interests among psychologists on the Board of Examiners, as reflected by the current Board.