In the last newsletter, I wrote about my reluctance to enter the political fray so, of course, I need to start this newsletter by (kind of) entering the political fray. As I wrote on the listserv earlier this month, MePA recently added the Voter Voice tool to our website. If you have not looked at it, please do. We are very excited about having new means and opportunities to advance policies that are in the best interests of psychologists, psychology as a discipline, and the needs of the people we serve. I strongly believe this will allow us to more readily mobilize our resources and to connect with both state and federal representation on issues that matter to Maine Psychologists.
Voter Voice is just one of the ways MePA committees have been advocating for you. Members of the Executive Committee recently met with staffers from Rep Pingree’s, Rep Golden’s, and Senator King’s office, and even met virtually with Sen Collins’ office to advocate for federal legislation to make many of the temporary Telehealth provisions permanent. The Legislative Committee has worked closely with our lobbyist and state representatives on a number of important issues, most notably the PSYPACT bill. The Finance Committee has been working very hard behind the scenes to correct reimbursement failures with major insurance providers. The Ethics Committee continues to provide consults to MePA members. Finally, the Continuing Education Committee has been working tirelessly to provide CEU opportunities that are relevant to the current environment. I am excited to announce that we have two new conferences scheduled:
We continue to look for additional participation from our membership and would welcome volunteers to any of our committees. Please reach out to the chairs or to Amy at email@example.com if you are interested in joining.
And now for something completely different…
Q: If April showers bring May Flowers, what do May Flowers bring?
Thomas Cooper, PsyD