State Leadership Conference

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State Leadership Conference attendees heard about what members of Congress are doing to support mental health and visited with them to encourage such support.

New Jersey psychologists pose with SLC banquet honoree, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.). From left, Dr. Wesley Matsui, Dr. Hulon Newsome, Dr. Judith Glassgold, Dr. William Flock, New Jersey Psychological Association Executive Director Dr. Lorryn Wahler, staff member Jane Selzer and New Jersey psychologists Drs. Ann Farrar-Anton and Laura Palmer.

Texas Psychological Association members discuss Medicare reimbursement with Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas). From left to right, Doggett, Dr. Ollie Seay, the APA Practice Organization's Peter Newbould, Dr. Vincent Ramos, Dr. Marla Craig and Dr. Jerry Grammer.

California psychologists press Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, on the importance of rolling back the nine percent cut in reimbursement for Medicare mental health outpatient services. From left, the Practice Organization's Diane Pedulla, Dr. Gil Newman and Dr. Bill Safarjan.

Rep. Chip Pickering (R-Miss.), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, greets psychologists from his state. From left, Rep. Pickering, Dr. Angela O'Briant Herzog, Dr. Michele Carroll, Tracey Curtis, executive director of the Mississippi Psychological Association, Dr. Natalie Gaughf and Dr. James Herzog.

Kansas psychologists thank Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) for co-sponsoring the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007. From left, Dr. Theresa Coddington, Dr. Melissa Hopper, Jennifer Swenson, deputy legislative assistant, Sen. Roberts and Dr. Bruce Nystrom.

APA Executive Director of Professional Practice Dr. Russ Newman presents Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), new chairman of the House Commerce Health Subcommittee, with the Outstanding Leadership Award during the SLC banquet. Rep. Pallone told banquet participants that his agenda included passing the mental health parity bill and addressing the unfairness of the 9 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement for psychologists.