Bylaws of the American Psychological Association - Article XIII: State and Provincial Psychological Associations
A State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association may, upon vote of Council, be affiliated with the American Psychological Association, provided that ten or more of its members are Members of the American Psychological Association. Continuing affiliation shall depend upon the State/ Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association's conforming to the purposes and stated policies of the Association. For the purposes of organization, the District of Columbia, the territories and commonwealths of the United States, and the provinces of Canada are to be regarded as the equivalent of states. In areas where there are relatively few psychologists, an organization extending beyond state boundaries may be affiliated, so long as it does not include an area in which there is a State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association.
A State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association shall be representative of all the scientific and professional interests of psychologists within the state/province/territory. Its name should be the name of the state/province/territory, followed by the words 'Psychological Association.' Its objectives shall fall within the scope of those specified in Article I of these Bylaws, and its membership shall not be restricted on any basis other than psychological interests and qualifications or place of residence or work. The term State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association, as used in these Bylaws, shall mean a State, Provincial, and Territorial Association affiliated with the Association.
Each State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association shall exercise such control over its membership that membership in the State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association shall not imply membership in the American Psychological Association.
In the event that Council finds that the conditions of affiliation are not being fulfilled by a State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association or that its affiliation is no longer in the best interest of the American Psychological Association, the principal officers of the State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association shall be so informed and the affiliation may thereafter be terminated by a two-thirds vote of Council.
In matters of mutual concern to the State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations and the Association, it shall be the responsibility of the American Psychological Association to encourage and assist the State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association in taking responsible action and, when advisable, to formulate standards of uniform practice that will guide the State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations. It shall be the responsibility of each State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association to keep the Association and other State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations adequately informed of actions affecting the welfare of psychologists beyond its own state boundaries.
The Association shall not be responsible for the acts or omissions of its State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affiliates, except as specifically authorized by these Bylaws or other duly promulgated rule of Council.