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American Health Care Act Passes House

The American Health Care Act passed in the House of Representatives with a final vote of 217 to 213, one vote over the 216 threshold needed to pass the bill. APA and the APA Practice Organization oppose the American Health Care Act, as it would remove coverage for 24 million Americans over the next ten years, greatly reduces Medicaid funding, and increases premiums and out-of-pocket costs for millions of Americans with private insurance. Check out APA's Press Release and APAPO’s Information Alert.

APAPO "State Beat" Highlights NPA's ongoing efforts for updated licensing regulations

Check out APAPO’s April 20, 2017, PracticeUpdate “State Beat” article: “Association and board at odds with state over anti-discrimination issue; The Nebraska Psychological Association continues its nine-year fight to uphold ethics code and pass stalled regulations”


NPA continues to speak out about psychology licensing regulations

NPA President, Anne Talbot, Psy.D., provides a succinct review of the long-stalled psychology licensing regulation in today's (4/11/17) Omaha World Herald Op Ed piece "Psychology rules, politics don't mix"Members, read NPA's summary of the March 31, 2017, Board of Psychology meeting which included a discussion and NPA's public comment on the licensing regulations.


Money Matters Too Important to Ignore

NPA and APA Offer Strategies for Managing Money Stress

With the looming IRS tax deadline on April 18, it’s not uncommon for Americans to experience financial stress. How people handle that stress can have an impact on overall health. Stress related to tax deadlines and finances in general can increase reliance on the unhealthy behaviors many people already use to cope with everyday stressors. NPA warns that regularly engaging in unhealthy behaviors to manage stress can lead to long-term, serious health problems, and offers the following strategies for managing stress: Read More…


NPA comments on stalled licensing regulations

NPA leadership recently spoke with the Lincoln Journal Star regarding the long-stalled licensing regulations. Following LJS Nancy Hick’s Saturday, March 11th article “Boards, Ricketts at Odds”, the Journal Star published NPA President Anne Talbot’s Local View “Behind the Licensing Impasse”, which is the culmination of an extensive dialogue of the NPA Board, further clarifying the history and importance of this issue. As highlighted in these articles, the continued refusal to approve the updated  licensing regulations puts some of Nebraska’s most vulnerable citizens and public safety at  risk. In addition, outdated regulations impair our ability to recruit the best and brightest new psychologists to our state. Our understanding is that Senator Pansing-Brooks read the entire piece into the record on the floor of the Unicameral this morning (3/15/17). Click HERE for pdfs of the articles.

If you are not yet a member, or your membership has lapsed, now is the time to take action! NPA continues to advocate strongly for psychology and psychologists in Nebraska, and your active participation is important! Membership Matters!


APA Stress in America Report
APA has released the first part of it's "Stress in America report. This release of survey data pertains to post-election stress, which shows more Americans reporting symptoms of stress and citing personal safety and terrorism as sources of stress. 

The current Stress in America survey was conducted in August 2016 and January 2017 and will be released in two phases:

Click Here for more information, including methodology, interpreting data, infographics, related articles, etc.


APA Thanks VA for Exempting Health Care Provider Positions From Freeze
Fears about the federal hiring freeze had a profound impact on students participating in the VA internship match. With less than a week until applicants’ rank order lists were due, students and federally-funded training sites were suddenly faced with the possibility that more than 700 APA-accredited internship positions in the VA would be forfeited for the 2017-2018 training year. APA, APPIC, and the VA worked very hard to advocate on this issue, and with great success.

Click here for the update APA Thanks VA for Exempting Health Care Provider Positions From Freeze.


NPA responds to call for input on proposed Service Definitions
NPA has submitted a response to
the call for input on the proposed Service Definitions for applied behavior analysis. The response  expressed NPA's objections to the Service Definitions as proposed with a detailed explanation and suggested revisions.

Due to rescheduling of the Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee (BHIAC) meeting, the service definitions draft released January 13, 2017 will remain open for comment through the BHIAC meeting on February 17, 2017.

Please review the proposed service definitions . Comments and responses were due by February 17, 2017.

Read NPA's Response


If you have not yet renewed your membership, make sure you do so today! It's simple… just log in to your member profile, click on "View Profile", then "Renew".


Support the NPA each time you register for a Trust Ethics and Risk Management Webinar
You now have yet another way to earn continuing education credits, become eligible for a 15% savings on Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Insurance premiums for two renewals, and support the Nebraska Psychological Association simply by attending one of the featured
Trust's Ethics and Risk Management CE Webinars.  Simply enter the promotion code TRUST-NE. Watch for more information from The Trust coming soon!

NPA endorses the Trust and its Insurance Programs.

APA Practice Organization Legislative Action Center

Click HERE for info on Prescriptive Authority efforts in Nebraska.


NPA 2017 Spring Conference –

"Unified Protocol for the Treatment of Emotional Disorders"

Presented by Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Boston University,

The Unified Protocol for the treatment of emotional disorders is a recently developed transdiagnostic, emotion-focused, cognitive-behavioral treatment that targets deficits in emotion regulation that occur across the neurotic spectrum. This workshop reviews evidence supporting the development of transdiagnostic CBT interventions. Register Online or click HERE for more information.


NPA Update: Heritage Health Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee

NPA is currently participating with the Heritage Health Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee. Heritage Health (HH) is a new health care delivery system that combines Nebraska’s current physical health, behavioral health, and pharmacy programs into a single comprehensive and coordinated system for Nebraska’s Medicaid and CHIP clients. NPA Members CLICK HERE for more information on NPA's participation with the Advisory Committee!


Upcoming events

02 Jun 2017 8:30 AM • University of Nebraska – Lincoln
15 Sep 2017 • Lincoln Veterans Administration, 600 South 70th Street, Lincoln

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