Only two states in the union currently allow clinical psychologists to prescribe psychiatric drugs, those two states are Louisiana and New Mexico.
Oregon Governor Kulongoski had the good sense to include among three bills he vetoed recently Senate Bill 1046 which would have allowed clinical psychologists in Oregon to prescribe psychiatric drugs also.
Psychiatric drugs, the source of many iatrogenic diseases in the mental health field, are often over prescribed. Had the Governor signed this bill into law, the situation for people in mental health treatment in Oregon could have only grown worse.
If the stated reasoning behind the Senate Bill was to provide better care for people in rural areas of the state where psychiatrists can be in short supply, the real reasoning had more to do with a putsch for more power on behalf of the psychology profession.
There is no good side to this Senate Bill 1046; allowing psychologists to prescribe psychiatric drugs would only increase the extent of the damage done to patients in treatment in Oregon.
Hopefully, following the Oregon Governor’s lead, other states will get the idea that the number of professions taking kickbacks from the pharmaceutical industry should not be further expanded.