Legislative Victories

NJPA is committed to strengthening our political outreach and advocating for the interests of NJ psychologists and mental health issues that are important to the public.  Over the years, our advocacy took many forms.  Through our Committee on Legislative Affairs (COLA) and our Governmental Affairs Agent (GAA), NJPA is instrumental in maintaining standards of psychology practice in NJ, protecting patients rights, and supporting public policy.  NJPA also monitors State Rules and Laws that regulate the profession, and maintains a liaison with the NJ Board of Psychological Examiners so we are always informed about any changes that may affect our members.  As an affiliate of APA, NJPA is also involved in federal advocacy initiatives and regularly lobbies for federal issues that affect psychology. 

NJPA September 2018 Trenton Day Field Trip 
by Keira Boertzel-Smith, NJPA Executive Director

On Monday, September 17, 2018, Dr. Morgan Murray, NJPA President-Elect, Dr. Alan Lee, NJPA Member-at-Large, and I met in Trenton with Jon Bombardieri, NJPA’s Government Affairs Agent. As a group, we explored the State House, discussed the New Jersey legislative process, and observed a committee meeting with testimony. We were able to meet Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-14) and Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker ((D-16). We would like to create more opportunities for NJPA to meet with them and other legislators to discuss best ways to support quality mental health care in the state of New Jersey. We began discussions about a potential NJPA hosted advocacy day at the State House and a gathering at our Government Affairs Agent’s office for legislators. Equally as important, we discussed the best way to incorporate legislators into our 2019 Mental Health Awareness efforts and building and maintaining a grassroots network of psychologists in each New Jersey district to respond to requests for grassroots action in a timely fashion. NJPA will host more NJPA Trenton field trips to ensure that NJPA and psychologists are visable in Trenton.

The New Jersey Psychological Association’s Successful Changes in New Jersey Law

2017  Authorization of the provision of health care services through telemedicine and telehealth, and supplementing    various parts of the statutory law.
2014    Professional Corporation Act - inclusion of psychologists
2013    Jurisprudence Exam in New Jersey
2010    Direct Payment of Benefits to Out-of-Network Providers requires third party payers to reimburse psychologists directly when patient assigns benefits
2004    Capacity for Guardianship through the Civil Practice Committee, Superior Court of NJ
2000    Lawsuit against MCC Behavioral Care, Inc. successfully settled
1999    Prompt Payment (supported)
1999    Mental Health Parity (Coalition) [Serious Mental Illness]
1997    Health Care Quality Act (supported)
1997    Competency Evaluations in Criminal Cases
1996    Hospital Privileges
1996     Lawsuit filed against MCC Behavioral Care, Inc.
1993    Counselors Licensing (opposed)
1991    Duty to Warn
1989    Temporary Disability
1985    Peer Review
1974    Freedom of Choice
1966    Psychology Licensing Law Signed