Fellow Kansas Psychologists,
We are quickly arriving at the end of 2022, and I wanted to share with you a few accomplishments and hopefully some exciting news.
Let’s start with the exciting news—we have decided to lower rates for Early Career Psychologists (up to 10 years post-graduate), first time members, post-docs, and Full Members. This felt like the perfect time to address the financial burden we are all adjusting to since the pandemic by offering our membership at a lower rate. Your membership fees will have some special benefits this year that includes:
- Reduced fees for our Spring and Fall conferences
- Free monthly CEU starting January 2023 (stay tuned for exact dates, TBD)
- Inclusion in the “Doctor Finder” profile on the KPA website, a service used by fellow members, KPA staff, and the public to locate referrals.
- Access to our Mentorship Program, either as a mentee or mentor
- Membership listserv to communicate with colleagues for purposes of networking, referrals, and information sharing
- Updates by state licensing board, state legislative efforts, and professional endeavors
- In-person advocacy at the federal level in conjunction with APA Services, Inc.
In 2022, your KPA board was hard at work advocating for the benefit of all psychologists while taking care to speak on behalf of psychologists working in Kansas and the communities we serve. Our advocacy efforts included:
- Improving integrated care rates and structure
- Maintaining and increasing reimbursement rates through CMS, with heavy emphasis on telehealth services
- Addressing parity issues mainly with increasing federal and state oversight and response
- Maintaining and increasing federal funds for training, access, and infusing the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), especially in rural areas
- Improving community and school-based access issues
Your continued membership allows various board members to attend and participate in advocacy summits where we talk with federal legislators from our state about our state's mental health needs.
In 2023, we welcome some new board members that will be bringing years of experience and expertise to KPA.
- Dr. Shawna Wright, PhD, will be joining our board as the Rural Health Coordinator. Dr. Wright has spent many years improving access and care to rural Kansas. This past year she was presented with the APA Excellence in Rural Psychology Award.
- Dr. Danielle Johnson, PhD, will be taking over the role of President. She has pulled double duty as our Diversity Committee Chair and President-Elect this past year. As our Diversity Committee Chair, she was awarded the Practice Leadership Conference Diversity Delegate Fellowship and was nominated again for PLC in 2023. As our President-Elect, she helped establish our regular CEU offerings and secured our speakers for our fall conference (which has been rescheduled for 1/12/23 with the CEO of APA, Dr. Arthur Evans, as our keynote—get registered!). We are excited about her leadership in 2023!
- Finally, Dr. Kara Nishimuta, PhD, will be taking over as our Diversity Committee Chair and we look forward to what she will bring to the position.
Looking forward to 2023!
Jason Malousek, PsyD (President 2022)