The demand for mental health professionals is greater than the supply, particularly of those with prescription-writing authority. Over the objections of some medical groups, the Illinois Senate has passed a bill allowing psychologists to prescribe drugs.
State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), the sponsor, says he believes some amendments address the concerns of opponents. They include requirements for a Master’s Degree in psychopharmacology and a collaborative relationship with a physician.
Harmon says the 1,200 psychiatrists in the state of Illinois are booked from morning until night and he believes the proposal is a sensible extension, based on a sound, proven model.
Senate minority leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) praised the bill’s intentions but said it’s missing elements having to do with physical exams.
Senate Bill 2187 passed the Senate, 37-10-4.