It looks like Louisiana is planning on pushing a bill that will let medical psychologists begin prescribing in state hospitals and other inpatient facilities: THE 21st CENTURY IS HERE In our last column we were able to share with the readership the prescribing experiences of Louisiana Psychological Association (LPA) President Jim Quillin, which have uniformly been positive. To date, LPA Medical Psychologists have prescribed better than 4,000 scripts. At this point, prescribing, therapeutic monitoring, etc., as part of my practice, has become fairly routine, as it did with the DoD grads. The death in the streets argument that our opponents always use against us, as you know, is just blue smoke and mirrors.... Moreover, the fear that we will stop being psychologists if we prescribe, as it turns out, is quite simply unfounded. The political (i.e., public policy) process never ceases and LPAs next focus will undoubtedly be ensuring that their RxP services are expressly reimbursed and that there is no treatment locus (e.g., inpatient care) in which artificial barriers are imposed upon their clinical expertise. In this regards, I want to personally express my appreciation for our HPA Presidents vision in establishing our first HPA political action committee (PAC). Tanyas efforts will undoubtedly make a significant difference for generations to come. Mahalo.