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DHHR Delays Implementation of New Forensic Rules

The West Virginia Association of Professional Psychologists (WVAPP) and the West Virginia Psychological Association (WVPA) joined together today to advise Vickie Jones, Commissioner of the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BBHHF), about issues surrounding the August 1 implementation of new regulations governing forensic psychological and psychiatric evaluations.  As a result of their letter, the implementation is being delayed until September 1, 2014,  and we have been invited to a meeting with BBHHF to address our concerns.

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DHHR Commissioner Meets with Provider Delegation

Vickie Jones, Commissioner of the Bureau of Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BBHHF) of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) met with representatives of the West Virginia Association of Professional Psychologists (WVAPP), the West Virginia Psychological Association (WVPA) and representatives of the psychiatric community on August 14, 2014.  Below is the text of a letter signed by the 2014 Presidents of both WVAPP and WVPA, providing feedback to DHHR about its proposed changes in administration of the state's forensic evaluation program.  It is the hope of the leadership of both organizations that the DHHR will delay implementation of the new rules, and appoint a representative group of stakeholders to determine what changes, if any, need to be made to the program.

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Nominees Named for 2014-2015

The following individuals been nominated, and have agreed to serve as officers of the WVAPP for 2014-2015.  To submit additional nominations within the next few days, just drop an e-mail to Brian Bailey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   Also, the floor will be open for nominations during the business meeting on June 6, 2014.  

President-Elect:  Richard Workman

School Psychology Representative:  Rachel James

Student Representative:  Mary Kaufman

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.

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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.

 

Draft Bylaws

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

Article I

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