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BOP May Meeting Information 5/2015

Dear Colleagues,


At their May 15, 2015 meeting the Board of Psychology postponed their decision on CPD. They will discuss CPD at the June meeting that is tentatively scheduled for June 23. LACPA will let members know when the June date is finalized.


The Board decided to postpone the decision on CPD so that they had a chance to review and analyze the approximately 1200 comments received from psychologists both during and prior to the 15-day comment period in March. Board members acknowledged that many people wrote long and specific letters. Board members stated they wanted to make sure that each Board member had access to all 1200 comments prior to making a decision.


Dr. Jo Linder Crow, Executive Director of CPA, made a statement regarding the proposed changes that reflected concerns of LACPA members. Dr. Ilene Bell, LACPA’s Alternate Representative to the Board, made a statement reiterating LACPA members' concerns, objecting to a cap on Continuing Education units, and urging the Board to "encourage” rather than "mandate” psychologists to explore other options to CE while collecting CPD.



Ilene Bell, LACPA Alternate Representative to the BOP


 CPA Executive Director's statement re BOP and CPD
Dear Colleagues,

Below is a statement from CPA Executive Director, Jo Linder-Crow re the BOP’s decision to defer action re CPD to their June meeting.
Ilene Bell, LACPA’s Alternate Rep to the BOP

Hi everyone,
I attended the Board of Psychology meeting last Thursday and Friday, and wanted to give you an update on their action regarding the proposed CE regulations.  I did testify at the meeting and have attached my statement for your information.
·       As you recall, there were two separate groups of comments that the Board received regarding these regulations.  The first set of approximately 570 were received outside of the regular comment period after the regs were initially sent out for public comment.  At the February meeting, the BOP agreed to consider this group of comments, even though they were after the initial deadline.  
·       The BOP does its work in Committees, and this first group of comments was assigned to the Licensing Committee.  That Committee had a meeting in Sacramento prior to the full board meeting in Riverside, and I attended.  During that meeting I learned that the Committee had received a representative sample of the comments, and I requested that the Board members have an opportunity to review all the comments prior to making a final decision.  The Committee agreed and asked the staff to categorize the comments and make them available to the full board.
·       The second set of approximately 600 comments were received during the comment period that ended on March 24th.  This was after the BOP raised the cap on traditional CE from 18 to 27 and sent that revised language out for public comment.  These comments were part of the task of the Policy Committee, and were discussed during the meeting of the full Board in Riverside as part of the Policy Committee report.
·       During that discussion it became apparent that the Board members wanted the opportunity to fully review all the comments (approximately 1200), and had not had a chance to do so prior to the meeting.  The members of the Policy Committee who had seen the comments commented on the thoughtfulness and detailed descriptions that were included in so many of the comments.  They were impressed by the number of people who took the time to write letters and e-mails, and it was clear that they wanted to give all comments the weight they deserve.
·       Due to the fact that they had not had a full opportunity to review the comments, and following a lengthy discussion, the Board voted to defer a final decision on the proposed regulations until the next Board meeting.  That meeting has been set for June 23, 2015 in Sacramento, and is a meeting that has been added to the Board’s regular calendar.
I want to thank the BOP for giving such careful attention to the comments that so many of you submitted.  I am certain that they will look carefully at what you have written and will take those comments into full consideration before making a final decision on these regulations.
Please let me know if you have questions.
Best always,
Jo Linder-Crow, PhD
Chief Executive Officer l California Psychological Association
1231 I St, Suite 204 l Sacramento, CA 95814
Ilene Bell, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Larchmont Medical Building
321 N Larchmont Blvd., Suite 820
Los Angeles, CA 90004
License # PSY 9442

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