Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Two bills have been introduced, HB 166 and SB 188, that would expand the scope of practice for marriage and family therapists to “diagnose and treat mental disorders and conditions.”  If this bill becomes law, non-psychiatrically trained, non-psychologically trained marriage and family therapists would be given authority to make significant mental health determinations regarding Alabama patients. • HB 166 by Rep. Randy Davis is set for a Public Hearing on Wednesday, January 24 at 10:30 […]


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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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Make plans to join your colleagues in Washington at the Medical Association of the State of Alabama’s 2018 Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., Jan. 29-31, 2018. Protecting and promoting medicine’s interests on Capitol Hill is a never-ending responsibility that requires participation from physicians across all specialties. This is particularly true considering the magnitude of the health issues confronting Congress. Let your voice be heard in Washington! REGISTER TODAY! Hotel: Willard Intercontinental Hotel, Washington, D.C. […]


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