BILL NUMBER: SB 983	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER   822
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE   SEPTEMBER 25, 1998
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR   SEPTEMBER 24, 1998
	PASSED THE SENATE   AUGUST 27, 1998
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY   AUGUST 17, 1998
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY   JULY 20, 1998
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY   JULY 9, 1998
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY   MARCH 12, 1998
	AMENDED IN SENATE   APRIL 7, 1997

INTRODUCED BY   Senators Polanco and Rainey

                        FEBRUARY 27, 1997

   An act to add Sections 2914.2 and 2914.3 to the Business and
Professions Code, relating to psychology.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 983, Polanco.   Psychology.
   Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of the
practice of psychology by the Board of Psychology, and the practice
of pharmacy by the California State Board of Pharmacy.  Existing law
prohibits the practice of psychology from including prescribing
drugs, and the pharmacy law prohibits any person other than a
physician, dentist, podiatrist, or veterinarian from prescribing or
writing a prescription.
   The bill would require the Board of Psychology to encourage
licensed psychologists to take continuing education courses in
psychopharmacology and the biological basis of behavior.  The bill
would require the board to encourage institutions offering doctorate
degree programs in psychology to include education and training in
psychopharmacology and related topics.  The bill would require the
board to develop education and training guidelines for psychologists
whose practice includes patients who may require
psychopharmacological treatment.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:


  SECTION 1.  Section 2914.2 is added to the Business and Professions
Code, to read:
   2914.2.  The board shall encourage licensed psychologists to take
continuing education courses in psychopharmacology and biological
basis of behavior as part of their continuing education.
  SEC. 2.  Section 2914.3 is added to the Business and Professions
Code, to read:
   2914.3.  (a) The board shall encourage institutions that offer a
doctorate degree program in psychology to include in their
biobehavioral curriculum, education and training in
psychopharmacology and related topics including pharmacology and
clinical pharmacology.
   (b) The board shall develop guidelines for the basic education and
training of psychologists whose practices include patients with
medical conditions and patients with mental and emotional disorders,
who may require psychopharmacological treatment and whose management
may require collaboration with physicians and other licensed
prescribers.  In developing these guidelines for training, the board
shall consider, but not be limited to, all of the following:
   (1) The American Psychological Association's guidelines for
training in the biological bases of mental and emotional disorders.
   (2) The necessary educational foundation for understanding the
biochemical and physiological bases for mental disorders.
   (3) Evaluation of the response to psychotropic compounds,
including the effects and side effects.
   (4) Competent basic practical and theoretical knowledge of
neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, and neurophysiology relevant to
research and clinical practice.
   (5) Knowledge of the biological bases of psychopharmacology.
   (6) The locus of action of psychoactive substances and mechanisms
by which these substances affect brain function and other systems of
the body.
   (7) Knowledge of the psychopharmacology of classes of drugs
commonly used to treat mental disorders.
   (8) Drugs that are commonly abused that may or may not have
therapeutic uses.
   (9) Education of patients and significant support persons in the
risks, benefits, and treatment alternatives to medication.
   (10) Appropriate collaboration or consultation with physicians or
other prescribers to include the assessment of the need for
additional treatment that may include medication or other medical
evaluation and treatment and the patient's mental capacity to consent
to additional treatment to enhance both the physical and the mental
status of the persons being treated.
   (11) Knowledge of signs that warrant consideration for referral to
a physician.
   (c) This section is intended to provide for training of clinical
psychologists to improve the ability of clinical psychologists to
collaborate with physicians.  It is not intended to provide for
training psychologists to prescribe medication.  Nothing in this
section is intended to expand the scope of licensure of
psychologists.