State Advocacy Initiatives
Every year state legislatures introduce literally tens of thousands of bills dealing with health service delivery and funding. APAPO supports state associations in their work on bills that deal with access to psychological services, such as parity and prescriptive authority, and with psychology practice issues, such as mobility and hospital privileges.
Sequence of Training Leading to Licensure
As the practice of psychology has evolved, so have the quality and quantity of supervised hours accumulated by psychology graduate students prior to their internship year. Psychologists across the country have been successful in changing their state’s licensure laws to allow psychologists to receive their license upon completion of the doctoral degree. The following states allow licensure upon receipt of the doctoral degree: Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah, Virginia, Washington state, and Wyoming.