Psychologists in Florida are hot on the heals of their counterparts in New
Mexico and Louisiana, strongly lobbying for prescriptive authority.
A May 12 Florida Psychological Association press release declares that
indeed "Florida will likely be one of the next states to join New Mexico
The legislative fight expected during the next session, which begins this
fall, will likely be difficult, said Margo Adams, the Florida Psychiatric
Society's executive director. She pointed out that the American Psychological
Association president for 2005, Ron Levant, Ed.D., is chair of the department
of psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. This
university, she noted, "is the home of the `five weekends and you're
done' program for prescribing psychologists," which competes for
psychologists with Sam Feldman's Prescribing Psychologists Registry in
Bills similar to the New Mexico and Louisiana laws have been under
development over the last two legislative sessions, and the Florida
Psychological Association is strongly lobbying that prescribing privileges
would increase access to "quality affordable health care to many of
Florida's citizens," Adams quoted.
The Florida Psychiatric Society is working closely with the staff of APA's
Department of Government Relations to proactively develop and implement a
sound strategy to defeat the expected introduction of a prescribing bill.