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(HARRISBURG) – – Because of his efforts to modernize the Professional Psychologists Practice Act, Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) has received the 2016 Public Service Award from The Pennsylvania Psychological Association(PPA).  The General Assembly recently passed Senate Bill 772 by Senator Gordner, which enacts changes to licensure and practice provisions of the Act for the first time 30 years.

“For the past two sessions, Senator Gordner has been the prime sponsor of this legislation, which enables PPA to make needed changes to enhance the practice of psychology in the Commonwealth,” said Justin Fleming, Director of Governmental Affairs for PPA.  “However, what makes Senator Gordner worthy of the Public Service Award is his commitment to see that the legislation was signed into law.”

Among the provisions of Senate Bill 772 are:

  • Specific recognition that licensed psychologists are authorized to diagnose and treat mental illness and disability.
  • Elimination of licensure exemptions that allowed certain hospitals and government entities from employing unlicensed psychologists.
  • Out-of-state reciprocity, provided the other states’ have equivalent practice standards.
  • Allows the state Board of Psychology authority to prohibit a psychologist with a suspended license from engaging in counseling or other forms of mental health practice.

CONTACT:  Todd B. Roup (717)787-8928 (Senator Gordner)
Justin Fleming (717)232-3817 (PPA)