The State Advocacy Office has responsibility for support and resources to APA's 60 affiliated state, provincial and territorial association (SPTA) affiliates. It also provides staffing and support to numerous governance groups and ongoing programs.
State Advocacy Initiatives
Every year state legislatures introduce literally tens of thousands of bills dealing with health service delivery and funding. APA Services, Inc. supports state associations in their work on bills that deal with access to psychological services, such as parity and prescriptive authority, and with psychology practice issues, such as mobility and hospital privileges.
Sequence of Training Leading to Licensure
As the practice of psychology has evolved, so have the quality and quantity of supervised hours accumulated by psychology graduate students prior to their internship year. Psychologists across the country have been successful in changing their state’s licensure laws to allow psychologists to receive their license upon completion of the doctoral degree by counting pre-internship supervised hours. Please view the State Psychology Licensure Toolkit, produced by the APA Office on Early Career Psychologists, for details on which states are on the list, and how you can participate in advocacy in your own state.