Co-Chairs: Julie Bindeman, Psy.D., and Nicole Newhouse, Psy.D.

Mission: To advise the MPA Board of Directors on all matters concerning legislation, help the association form legislative position statements, and encourage members to take an active role in legislative advocacy. The legislative committee helps to facilitate grassroots involvement in, and input into, legislative matters at the federal and state levels.

Accomplishments this past year:

  1. Once again, MPA was successful in defending Maryland psychologists against harmful and duplicative failure-to-report legislation.
  2. Among bills that passed, one which requires background checks and fingerprinting for psychologists every six years and a teletherapy bill.
  3. The committee was involved in the Maternal Mental Health Task force and supported passage of a maternal mental health bill.
  4. The committee partnered with the Mental Health Association of Maryland supported passage of MHA legislative initiatives.
  5. The committee hosted an advocacy forum for MPAGS members.

Current initiatives:

  1. Monitoring legislation that would impact the practice of psychology
  2. Drafting MPA Political Action Committee (MPA PAC) guidelines for political contributions
  3. Working to increase contributions to MPA’s Legislative Fund and PAC

 Future goals:

  1. Continue monitoring legislative activity during this year’s general assembly
  2. Explore options for hosting a lobby day in Annapolis in 2019