On March 23, Senate Bill 300, a proposal to allow certain psychologists to prescribe psychotropic and other drugs for treatment of drug addiction and mental illness, was introduced for the consideration of the Ohio Senate. The bill, supported by the Ohio Psychological Association, is sponsored by State Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati).
State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) has indicated his intent to introduce companion legislation on psychologist prescribing in the Ohio House of Representatives.
The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians has a long-standing policy statement on non-physician prescriptive authority and is strongly opposed to this bill and similar bills that have been introduced in the past.
Family physicians complete four years of undergraduate education and four years of medical school followed by a three-year residency. While family physicians sincerely value the professional abilities of psychologists, and work collaboratively with them to treat patients who suffer from mental disorders, psychologists do not have the medical training necessary for them to safely prescribe medication. Expanding the scope of practice for clinicians without adequate medical training jeopardizes the safety of Ohio’s citizens.
Use the AAFP Speak Out system to send a message to your legislators asking them to vote no on psychologist prescribing legislation.