Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Prescription Privilege

  • Glenn S. AshkanaziEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_2052


Prescription privileges (PP) is the term used to describe a political effort/movement in a state legislature to obtain prescriptive authority for properly trained psychologists, which would enable them to prescribe psychotropic medications for the treatment of mental health disorders but without first having to graduate with a medical or advanced practice nursing degree.

Historical Background

The modern movement to obtain prescriptive authority for psychologists is generally accepted to have started in November 1984 when US Senator Daniel Inouye spoke to the Hawaii Psychological Association Convention and urged psychologists to seek prescriptive authority in order to overcome some of the obstacles (e.g., access) that individuals with mental health disorders faced in such a rural state without widespread psychiatric availability. The following year, the president of American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 42 (Independent Practice) issued a similar challenge.

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical and Health PsychologyClinical and Health Psychology Clinic, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA