March 2, 2021
Bills Increase Access for Patients and Reduce Administrative Barriers
July 18, 2018
Missouri PAs are celebrating the recent enactment of two important bills: S.B. 660 and S.B. 718. The new laws will increase access for patients in need of psychiatric care and treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), and reduce administrative barriers faced by PAs serving rural and underserved populations.
S.B. 660 amends the definition of “mental health professional” to include psychiatric PAs, defined as licensed PAs with at least two years of experience practicing in psychiatry or PAs who have completed a postgraduate residency or fellowship for PAs in psychiatry. The new definition will apply to provisions of law covering alcohol and drug treatment as well as comprehensive psychiatric services. S.B. 660 was signed on June 1 and becomes effective on August 28.
S.B. 718, which was signed on July 6 and became effective immediately, makes changes related to PA supervision and practice, including:
The Missouri Academy of PAs (MOAPA) was active in drafting and lobbying for both S.B. 660 and S.B. 718, and AAPA assisted MOAPA with research and grassroots e-mail alerts.
For more information on the new laws, or on PA practice in Missouri, contact Erika Miller, director, constituent organization outreach and advocacy.