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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.

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President's Letter to Membership

I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday. WVAPP is gearing up for a busy year. The legislature recently convened and The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is in the midst of a number of organizational changes. Our Legislative Counsel, Raymona Kinneberg continues to monitor relevant legislative concerns and has indicated that interim legislative meetings were largely focused on issues of minor concern to the Association. We are anticipating legislative initiatives to again restrict our psychology licensing law. However, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the related expansion of Medicaid in West Virginia, the need for behavioral health providers will be greater than ever.

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Board of Examiners' Town Hall Meeting at Fall, 2013 Conference

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WVAPP President Comments on State Managed Care Proposal

The West Virginia Association of Professional Psychologists (WVAPP) is very concerned about the planned implementation of managed care for behavioral health in West Virginia. It is our opinion that contracts offered to members by Covenant, Unicare and MH Net reflect an inadequate understanding of the system of behavioral health services in West Virginia, and therefore cannot create appropriate managed care contracts to facilitate services for Medicaid members with severe mental health disorders.

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