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Psychologists Defeated in Hawaii for the 2nd Straight Year in a Row

Psychologists, in their questionable bid to gain legal authority to be allowed to prescribe medications across the country, lost for the second year in a row in Hawaii. Despite support from the Hawaii Nurses Association and the endorsement of the Hawaii Medical Service Association (Blue Cross/Blue Shield), which is the largest insurance company in Hawaii, the measure was deferred in committee.

At this rate, it may be another 30 years before psychologists have this ability they’re seeking. If they can’t get the measure passed in smaller states where they have broad-based support from many different components of the healthcare system, their own senators, and such, it doesn’t bode well for their fight in larger, more complex states where the opposition is far better organized.

Does it lower the standard of quality of care in Hawaii? I doubt it — that’s silly hyperbole from people opposed to this initiative. Is it the best solution to the problem facing Hawaii and many other places in America where there is a growing shortage of qualified, experienced psychiatrists? I’m not certain it is, but the alternatives offered have been lukewarm at best. It may be inevitable, but at this rate, it’s a very slow inevitably.

Psychologists Defeated in Hawaii for the 2nd Straight Year in a Row

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.


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Grohol, J. (2018). Psychologists Defeated in Hawaii for the 2nd Straight Year in a Row. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 21, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/psychologists-defeated-in-hawaii-for-the-2nd-straight-year-in-a-row/
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