Prescription Authority Work Group

The 2009 Legislative Assembly heard heated debate about proposed legislation authorizing Oregon psychologists to prescribe medication for certain mental illnesses. 2009 House Bill 2702 addressed the conflict by directing formation of a work group to develop recommendations for legislation to address the issue. In 2010, Oregon Consensus facilitated the work group, which reached agreement on recommendations to allow psychologists to prescribe medications with accredited training and oversight. The recommended provisions were incorporated into 2010 House Bill 1046. The bill was vetoed by the Governor, but the consensus reached between opposing stakeholder groups created momentum toward future resolution of scope of practice issues.