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Maine Psychologist Today

Summer 2021 News

Letter from the
President

Thomas Cooper, PsyD.

Colleagues,  

I’m a huge fan of summer reading, the highlight of which is invariably the latest Daniel Silva spy novel. This year (apparently because I’m a glutton for punishment), I have challenged myself to alternate between trashy spy novels and works that are a little more highbrow. The highbrow work-de-jour is Thoreau’s Walden.   

I’ll spare you most of my soapbox rant – there are parts I disagree with, some I don’t like (but begrudgingly agree with), and a lot that I’m struggling to understand. There is one passage, however, that has stuck out more than others. I apologize for the cliche as it is an oft quoted passage, but here goes:   

“Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in a revery, amidst the pines and hickories and sumachs, in undisturbed solitude and stillness, while the birds sing around or flitted noiseless through the house, until by the sun falling in at my west window, or the noise of some traveller's wagon on the distant highway, I was reminded of the lapse of time. I grew in those seasons like corn in the night, and they were far better than any work of the hands would have been. They were not time subtracted from my life, but so much over and above my usual allowance… For the most part, I minded not how the hours went. The day advanced as if to light some work of mine; it was morning, and lo, now it is evening, and nothing memorable is accomplished.” 

I often struggle with the idea of letting the day unfold. Case in point, I just got back from a relaxing lake vacation and kept catching myself planning and researching a trip that was supposed to be about relaxation and doing nothing. I’m sure I’m not alone in this struggle and am working to see unaccomplished time as being “above my usual allowance.”   

And now for something completely different… 

Q: What’s the difference between a piano and a fish? 

A: You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish! 

Sincerely, 
Thomas Cooper, PsyD
 


PO Box 82
Saco, Maine 04072
(207) 621-0732

Content

Legislative Update
New COVID-19 Guidelines
PSYPACT Update
Maine Joins PSYPACT
Emergency Licenses Expire
Telehealth Updates
Access to Telehealth
Pandemic Surveys
Surge in Mental Health
Self-Care Month
Geropsychologists
Bangor Women in Psychology
Student Perspective
Recorded Webinars
History Matters
Bulletin Board Job Postings

 

APA Legislative Update   

APA Advocacy reports on three big successes in appropriations funding for the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program, Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) and the NIH Office of Behavioral & Social Science Research (OBSSR). 

  • $25 million for the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program – an increase of $6 million over last year’s enacted level 

  • $20.3 million for the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) – an increase of $4.1 million over last year’s enacted level 

  • $49.8 million for the NIH’s Office of Behavioral & Social Science Research (OBSSR) – an increase of $20 million over last year’s enacted level 

Read More About APA Advocacy

New COVID-19 Guidelines for Inpatient Settings 

Because there are different levels of risk in different settings, organizations and practitioners will ultimately make their own decisions about how best to interact and protect themselves.   Here are guidelines for inpatient settings regarding mask wearing, social distancing, and vaccination provided by Dr. Lisa Letourneau, Sr. Advisor at DHHS: 

Maine CDC FAQ 

US CDC Guidelines

Maine Joins 25 States Enacting PSYPACT Legislation 

The MePA Legislative Committee worked diligently to help pass a new law allowing Maine psychologists to provide telehealth and temporary in-person services to out-of-state clients. Known as PSYPACT (Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact), the legislation brings better continuity of care to clients. 
Read Press Release

PSYPACT US Map

Maine Emergency Licenses Expiring August 26 

Health emergency temporary licenses are valid for 60 days after the state of emergency ended on June 29 in Maine. Therefore, licenses will expire August 29, 2021.  If you are interested in applying for full licensure, please apply as soon as possible. 

Licensing Board

 

New Maine Telehealth Law without Payment Parity 
Maine’s telehealth bill LD 791 was signed into law but does not have a provision for payment parity. As of July 31, 2021, reimbursement rates will be subject to negotiation between private health insurance carriers and providers.  Public Law: An Act Regarding Telehealth Regulations 

Medicare Recognizes Interstate Compacts, including PSYPACT 
CMS has determined that the interstate license compacts will be treated as valid, full licenses for the purposes of meeting our federal license requirements. Your MACs will accept CMS-855 enrollment applications from providers reporting an interstate license compact. Read More. 

Top Barriers to Telehealth: Internet Access and Technical Problems 
According to an APA Survey conducted in September 2020, 96% of U.S. psychologists reported treating patients remotely—64% were treating all patients remotely, and 32% were treating some patients in person and some remotely. Read More.

Telemedicine is a “Game Changer” 
Going online for doctors’ appointments and to access health care services has become a hallmark of the pandemic. Read Press Herald Article.

Psychological Practice During the Pandemic: Results of Two National Surveys
 
In March, 2020, the National Register of Health Service Psychologists (the Register) and the American Insurance Trust (the Trust) surveyed their combined memberships to determine the effects of the pandemic on psychological practice. Read More. 

 

Acadia Hospital Faces Surge in Psychiatric Care 

Officials at Northern Light Acadia Hospital say the COVID-19 pandemic caused a surge that hasn't dissipated, and other hospitals in Maine say they're also overwhelmed with patients who are in mental health crisis.
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WHO Celebrates Self-Care June 24 - July 24

Self-care interventions are a necessary component of high quality primary health care, delivered within the broader healthcare system. Practitioners have a responsibility to ensure that self-care expands equity and healthcare access.
Read More.
Interventions for Health

Growing Demand for Geropsychologists 

The need for trained geropsychologists is more apparent now than ever, as older adults, or individuals age 65 and older, have been notably affected by the pandemic. Many living in long-term care facilities, have suffered acute mental trauma. Fewer than 1% of Americans live in those settings, but they make up 34% of all U.S. deaths from the virus, according to data as of early March from the COVID Tracking Project. 
Read More.

End of the year dinner for the Bangor Area
Women in Psychology


Pictured here: Drs. Diana Prescott, Breeda McGrath, Lenore Tipping, Cheryl Pelletier, Jeanine Crockett, Margie Dickens, and Denise Vagt

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MePA is now offering timely webinars you can view from your computer when it’s convenience for you to earn Continuing Education credits. 

Contact Amy Safford at asafford@mepa.org for a short quiz to earn CEUs. 

History Matters: MePA's 27th President

Nick Rohrman, PhD, was the 27th president of the Maine Psychological Association. He served from 1985 to 1987.
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Available Now: Maine Psychological Association 70th Anniversary Publication 
An Unauthorized History of the Maine Psychological Association  
By Ron Breazeale, PhD and Jeff Matranga, PhD  

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