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

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

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.


Draft Bylaws

July 20, 2012

Approved by vote of the Association on April 15, 2012

and amended by vote of the membership July, 2012


Article I



President's March Letter to Membership

Dear Fellow WVAPP Members:Brian Bailey

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.