WSPA's commitment to advocacy.
WSPA has a long history advocating for mental health, the field of psychology, and social issues that affect Washingtonians.
The historic priorities WSPA has always supported in regard to policy and regulatory issues are:
- Maintaining the integrity and strength of psychology licensing laws
- Address any bills that affect disciplinary process (e.g. sentencing guidelines of unprofessional conduct)
- Address any bills that affect how we practice (e.g. changes to mental health parity or insurance)
- Social justice legislation (e.g. conversion therapy)
Our Director of Professional Affairs (DPA) Dr. Samantha Slaughter and our Lobbyist Leslie Emerick develop WSPA's annual legislative considerations which are presented to the Board of Trustees for approval or to set policy from. Legislative issues often involve the Office of the Insurance Commission (OIC) because insurance questions are the most asked from our members. Insurance issues also appear in legislation such as Volk vs DeMeerleer (Duty to Warn).
WSPA will also comment on social issues such as gun violence, women's and LGBTQ issues.
In addition to the legislative work done by our DPA and Lobbyist, WSPA affects legislation through the United Psychologists Political Action Committee (UP-PAC). And, through the Washington State Psychological Foundation (WSPF), the association supports the mental health needs of underserved refugee and immigrant communities by partnering with groups like Refugees Northwest.