A bill has passed the Illinois Senate that would allow psychologists in Illinois to write prescriptions. (Photo from Flickr user Life Mental Health)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
BLOOMINGTON - A bill that's passed the Illinois Senate and is headed to the House would allow psychologists to write prescriptions.
The bill requires a master's degree in psychopharmacology and a collaborative relationship with a physician. State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) questions the need for the bill.
"I'm hesitant to support something like that without a lot of further review of the bill," Brady said. "Does that particular doctor have the same training and degree as an MD and do we need more people out prescribing medication?"
Brady has been trying to get a task force on psychotropic drugs together. The bill's sponsor, State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) said the bill meets a growing demand for mental health needs.
"The 1,200 psychologists in the state of Illinois will tell you, they are booked day and night," Harmon said. "They just don't have the capacity."
Senate Minority Leader Christie Radogno (R-Lemont) said she doesn't think the bill goes far enough.
"My main concern, while I'm interested in expanding accessibility, is that core nature of the training of psychologists is not in the physical sciences as we've done with RNs and so on," Radogno said.
S.B. 2187 passed the Senate, 37-10-4.