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Calling All ECPs!
Please join us for an informal ECP Gathering this Friday, April 20th at Billy's in Lincoln at 5:30 pm for socializing and a discussion on billing in private practice. Billy's is located at 1301 H Street. They have appetizers, drinks, etc. Come late if you work later… we would love to see you and connect! RSVP not required.

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Omaha Psychologists Meet for Discussion
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Several Omaha-area psychologists met for lively conversation  at Charleston’s Restaurant for the return of NPA’s “Omaha Psychologist Luncheon”. NPA Past President and current APA Council Representative Dave Carver, Ph.D. updated the gathering on the recent APA Council of Representatives (COR) meeting in Washington where the combined APA and APA Practice Organization membership was approved. The COR meeting also included discussions on national issues regarding questions of certification of persons with psychology masters degree, guidelines for treatment of obesity in children, the EPPP exam changes and proposal of a two-part licensing exam, and Nebraska potentially being a founding member of the Telepsych Compact. Read MORE

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NPA Spring Conference –
“Not All that Blows Up is Bipolar (But some of it is…):  Evidenced-Based Assessment and Treatment for Bipolar Disorders in Youth and Young Adults” with Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D.

June 8, 2018 – Scott Conference Center, Omaha
With remote internet streaming in Scottsbluff


Bipolar disorder is a chronic, recurring, serious, and potentially life-threatening disease. If left untreated, episodes are likely to grow more severe and resistant to treatment. It also is one of the leading causes of disability and early death in the U.S.A., and not just because of its strong connection with suicide. It is also one of the most commonly undetected or misdiagnosed conditions in mental health, with years passing between when the illness causes problems versus getting appropriate treatment.

This workshop summarizes the literature, using expert review and meta-analyses, focusing on clinical implications about the presentation in youths, practical evidence-based assessment tools, differential diagnosis, and how to select effective treatment options. The workshop uses a case-centered approach to illustrate how the information changes clinical practice. Download brochure for more information including Learning Objectives.

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Check out the Star Herald Guest Editorial
The Star Herald Guest Editorial "On behalf of concerned Panhandle psychologists" was drafted by NPA President Dr. Anne Talbot, and signed by 10 psychologists – more than half who are NPA members! Click HERE to read the article online or download the pdf.

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NPA's Legislative Breakfast
NPA leaders and members turned out in force for a well-attended breakfast with senators at the Capital on February 5th. This breakfast was a welcome opportunity to not only meet our legislative representatives, answer their questions, and address with them the behavioral health concerns of their constituents; it was also an opportunity to let them know who we are, the range of concerns we have, and how we can help them in finding solutions. Click HERE to read more and check out the packet of materials provided to the senators.

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Heritage Health Survey Results and Next Steps
NPA has continued to work actively toward improving accountability of Heritage Health operations, partnering with The Heritage Health Provider Coalition.  Review the Heritage Health Legislative Council Letter and Heritage Health Survey Reuslts if you are interested in learning more about recent survey results, specific implications for improvements, and next steps.  NPA leadership is optimistic that survey results will support the potential for a Medical Assistance Managed Care Organization Oversight Committee as outlined in LB442 <https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=31031> and introduced by Senator Bolz last session.  NPA is especially thankful to you who took the time to complete the important, impactful survey.  Your input matters!  (January 22, 2018)

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Congratulations Dr. Marilou Reyes

NPA was honored to present Dr. Marilou Reyes the NPA 2017 Friend of Psychology Award on Friday.  Dr. Reyes, a pediatrician with the Beatrice Women’s and Children’s Clinic, was recognized for her outstanding commitment to interprofessional collaboration and her championship of psychological services within integrated primary care. Dr. Reyes is known for providing excellent care to her patients and advocating for comprehensive, team-based care. Her advocacy efforts for the provision of integrated, team-based care resulted in the hiring of a full-time pediatric psychologist for the clinic. Integrated primary care offers a full spectrum of services, improves the quality of care, and lowers overall health care costs. Dr. Reyes is a genuine leader who can translate the vision of integrated primary care into reality.

Pictured above (from left): Kimberly Hill, Ph.D.; Marilou Reyes, MD; NPA President Anne Talbot, Psy.D.; NPA Council Representative Danl Ullman, Ph.D.

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Congratulations NPA Past President, David Carver, Ph.D.

In honor of promoting psychology licensure and ethical practice, Dave Carver, PhD., Executive Director of UNMC’s Counseling & Student Development Center, has received the State and Provincial Service Award from the Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards. The ASPPB represents all psychology licensing boards in the U.S. and Canada.

The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to licensing / certification in that person’s jurisdiction. Read MORE.

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State Health Insurance Protections, Affordable Care Act Rules

APA released the Stress in America™ survey results this morning. As you may know, the survey results are typically released in February. The survey was fielded in August. Upon reviewing the results and seeing how strongly they tied into the current political climate, APA decided to release the findings now.
 
Highlights from Stress in America™: The State of Our Nation survey include:

  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) say the future of the nation is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, slightly more than perennial stressors like money (62 percent) and work (61 percent). Read MORE highlights.

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We LOVE Our Members!

NPA loves our members and their ongoing support and involvement! Individuals who renewed their membership or joined NPA by October 20, 2017 were entered in a drawing for free admission to a 2018 NPA workshop. Ten names were drawn at the Fall Conference, and we want to congratulate the following winners:

   Abby Ryan
   Louisa Foster
   Gina Furr
   Jean Laing
   Krista Fritson
   Patricia Blake
   Joe Rizzo
   Mary Legino
   Tracy List Kalnins
   Mary Coady-Leeper

Be sure to Congratulate these members! And be sure to get your membership renewed for 2018! If you are not a member, nows the time to join!

Watch our website for information on next year’s events!

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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".

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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!
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NPA Gallery of Greats

Anne Talbot, Psy.D. 

As the current President of the Nebraska Psychological Association, I am proud and honored to follow a long line of outstanding individuals who have served in that capacity since the inception of NPA in the fifties. Seizing the opportunity to share the history of NPA of those who have earned NPA’s reputation as a nationally known activist and progressive organization, I am delighted to introduce a gallery of outstanding NPA leaders. Read MORE
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Check out our most recent RxP video "Prescribing Psychologists Meet the Need Part Two".

Click HERE for info on Prescriptive Authority efforts in Nebraska.

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 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  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!

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