Mental Health Day on the Hill
Advocating for Psychology and Those We Serve
Thursday, March 12, 2020

1.5 CE credits available

Attn: This event takes place at both Ewald Conference Center (1000 Westgate Drive, St. Paul, MN 55114) and the Capitol (75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55155)

About the Program:

Mental Health Day is scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020. The day will begin with a continental breakfast and a presentation  focused on didactic and skills’ based training related to advocacy for psychology and the needs of the individuals we serve. The presentation will consist of: provision of information about the legislative process; information about the importance to psychology of legislative advocacy; and discussion of techniques for effective advocacy. Current legislative issues of concern to psychologists will be described, including: information about licensure proposals for Behavior Analysts, discussions underway to change MN Medicaid standards for outpatient mental health services, efforts to increase reimbursement for Medical Assistance services, mental health parity, legislation to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sexual orientation change efforts, and PSYPACT. Participants will observe a demonstration of a conversation with a legislator about issues of concern to psychology. Participants will then role play a discussion with a legislator. Questions will then be taken from the audience. Prior to leaving for the Capitol, participants will complete an evaluation of the presentation. Following such completion, participants will be provided with CE certificates. Presenters include Trisha A. Stark, Ph.D., LP, MPA chair of the legislative committee and Bill Amberg, JD, MPA’s lobbyist, Willie Garrett, MS, LP and Heather Simmer, student member MPA’s legislative committee and doctoral student in counseling psychology at St. Mary’s University.

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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.