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.
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.
Nominees Named for 2014-2015
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.
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