Amy Safford, Executive Director
For Immediate Release
Maine Psychological Association Receives National 2022 APA Advocacy Award
Saco, Maine (April 7, 2022) – At the recent national advocacy summit hosted by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Maine Psychological Association was presented with the State Advocacy Award for their leadership in advancing the profession of psychology, health equity, and human rights.
“Maine has partnered with us on issues that impact the scope of practice and reimbursement for psychologists, as well as critical human rights issues at the state level,” said Katherine B. McGuire,
Chief Advocacy Officer at the APA. “Members of the association have really stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park to advance comprehensive advocacy issues at the state and national level.”
The President of the Maine Psychological Association, Jamie Pratt, PsyD, cites the passage of PSYPACT as critical advocacy legislation passed in 2021. “Maine is now one of 28 states that allow licensed psychologists to provide services via telehealth and temporary practice to patients in other compact states. This provides more access to psychological services and continuity of care when a patient travels or relocates.”
The Maine Psychological Association (MePA) is a membership organization whose purpose is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health and human welfare. Founded in 1950, MePA has a long history of principled leadership in Maine.