Sunday, February 18, 2018

On Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed HB 166, which would allow marriage and family therapists to diagnose and treat mental disorders.  Current law allows marriage and family therapists to “assess, understand and treat emotional and mental problems” but not diagnose.  HB 166 would also remove current prohibitions on prescribing drugs and electroshock therapy.  Before passing the House, an amendment to HB 166 was added to allow marriage and family therapist to treat children […]

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With a few exceptions, our laws are written by people with little to no experience in mental health. Decisions made by the 140 members of the Alabama House and Senate directly impact our patients’ lives. We can choose to not get involved hope for the best, or we can take an active role in shaping state health policy.   The Alabama Medical PAC (ALAPAC) helps elect candidates to office whom we can work with on […]

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At the November APA Assembly in Washington, D.C., Paul O’Leary, MD, was elected recorder and nominated for speaker-elect of the APA Assembly. “I feel fortunate to be able to interface with our local government officials, and work on expanding our communities access to mental health care,” O’Leary said. Dr. O’Leary sees outpatients at Cooper Green and inpatients at the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital. He is a board certified in adult, child and adolescent, and […]

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