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Mental Health Day on the Hill 
March 15, 2018

1.5 CEs available for program attendance

Attn: This event takes place at both Ewald Conference Center and the Capitol (75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55155)

Join the Minnesota Psychological Association in participating in Mental Health Day on the Hill scheduled for Thursday, March 15, 2018. We have had great experiences with Mental Health Day, and participants have enjoyed getting involved in the legislative process. We especially have enjoyed including students in this process. The key to legislative success is the development of working relationships with our legislators. We need all psychologists to be engaged with their legislators to ensure that our profession is supported and so that the health care system is responsive to the needs of those we serve.

Mental Health Day will include meeting at 8:30 am at the Ewald Conference Center at 1000 Westgate Drive in St. Paul. We will review some general information about the legislative process, and specifics of legislation MPA is working on this year. This review of advocacy strategy and issues will be the part of the day eligible for CE credit. We will then go to the Capitol for pre-scheduled meetings with attendees’ legislators. A rally will be held in the Capitol rotunda where a variety of mental health providers and consumers will gather at 11:15 to support mental health legislation. At the end of the day, we will touch base with participants to debrief about their experiences.

A main focus of MPA’s legislative work this year is to address some issues with the Minnesota Psychology Practice Act. We are working to specify supervision requirements, so that there is less ambiguity about what is required for post doc supervision for licensure. We are also working to make it easier for professionals licensed in other states/territories to be licensed in Minnesota by reducing unnecessary barriers. We will discuss current efforts to license behavior analysts, and the implications for psychology. We will support legislation by other groups such as the Mental Health Legislative Network, of which MPA is a member, and the Safety Net Coalition to increase reimbursement for Medical Assistance services and further establish mental health parity in Minnesota.

If you would like to participate, please send your name, home address, phone number, and email address to rj@trishastarkphdlp.com . We need this information in order to schedule appointments with legislators for participants. Please notify us by Thursday, February 15 if you would like to participate.

 

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.