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this story might be of interest in the long run and i suspect it will get a lot of attention incoming months. this bit is from the NYTimes."Psychologists Get Prescription Pads and Furor EruptsBy ERICA GOODE Kevin Moloney for The New York TimesGov. Gary E. Johnson of New Mexico sides with psychologists. Topics Alerts Psychiatry and Psychiatrists Psychology and Psychologists Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) New Mexico Create Your Own | Manage AlertsTake a Tour Sign Up for Newsletters Join a Discussion on Mental Health and Treatment sychologists are adept at diagnosing and treating mental illness. But unlike psychiatrists, who are medically trained, they have never been able to prescribe drugs for their suffering patients.As of July 1, however, psychologists in one state, New Mexico, will be authorized to pull out the prescription pad. A new law will grant prescribing privileges to licensed, doctoral-level psychologists who have completed an additional training and certification program.And though the specifics of the plan remain to be worked out, the law is already the focus of a bitter national debate.Proponents argue that the law will provide greater access to quality care at lower cost. Opponents contend that psychology should remain distinct from its medical cousin and they worry that the legislation may place vulnerable patients in danger."tom
 
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