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Current Pennsylvania legislation impacting psychologists that PPA is monitoring:


Selected Bills in the Pennsylvania General Assembly of Interest to Psychologists

As of July 7, 2016

Bill No.

Description and Prime Sponsor



Senate Action

House Action

SB 21

Provides for Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs in the Mental Health
Procedures Act.
- Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery)


In Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee


SB 63
HB 92

Authorizes licensing boards to expunge disciplinary records for certain technical violations after four years.
- Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery)
- Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery)


(HB 92) In Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee

Passed House 194-0 4/21/2015, in Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee 

HB 64

Requires licensed psychologists to take one hour of continuing education in the assessment, treatment and management of suicide risks.
- Rep. William Adolph (R-Delaware)


Passed Senate 50-0 on 6/29/16. In the hands of the Governor

Passed House 188-0 6/10/2015 

HB 132

Provides Commonwealth support for a Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Staff Member Loan Forgiveness Program and an Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor Loan Forgiveness Program.
- Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery)



In Human Services Committee

HB 133

An Act establishing a bill of rights for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and conferring powers and duties on the Department of Human Services.

- Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery)

 For  N/A Reported as Committed from House Approps. Cmte. 9/29/15.

HB 214

Increases oversight and accountability in Home & Community Based Services.
- Rep. Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon)



In Aging & Older Adult Services Committee

SB 554

HB 1178

Amends the Insurance Company Law providing for retroactive denial of reimbursement of payments to health care providers by insurers.
-Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) 

-Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware)

For  In Banking & Insurance Committee  In Insurance Committee
HB 706  Provides for insurance companies to reimburse practitioners for telehealth services
-Rep. Mark Cohen  (D-Philadelphia) 
For  N/A  In Insurance Committee 

SB 772 

Amends the Professional Psychologists Practice Act further providing for defs. & for temporary license; allowing applicants to take test sooner; defining board's powers; making editorial changes; and making a repeal.

-Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia)

For Passed full Senate 49-0 on 10/13/15. Passed full House 187-4 on 6/13/16. Signed by the Governor on 6/23/16; now Act 53 of 2016

Information on any bill can be obtained by clicking the bill number or by visiting and typing the bill number into the search box.

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