1) NPs in most states are NOT required to consult with a doctor for prescriptions. They have independent script rights.PsychNOS said:This makes the role of the "medical psychologist" in LA similar to the role of nurse practioners doesn't it? They have to consult with a physician prior to prescribing medications.
The main argument that the governor gives for passing the bill is to provide greater access to mental health care, especially in rural areas. If this bill doesn't meet that goal, I wonder if other states would very hesitant to create and implement such a law.
2) New Mexico tried this and it failed miserably. Last time I checked, not a single new psychologist who went thru the program set up shop in a rural area. Apparently, Louisiana didnt do their homework or they would have discovered this. The truth is they didnt care. The governor/legislature wanted votes, and one way to do that is to promise "increased access to health care." This is purely a political move with no thought as to the medical side of things.