Maine School Psychologists Successfully Advocate for Title and Practice!
The leaders and members of the Maine Association of School Psychology (MASP) engaged in impressive advocacy in June when the Maine General Assembly passed LD 1094, "An Act to Improve the Delivery of School Psychological Services to Children." This bill, sponsored by Senator Alfond, changed their professional title from "school psychological services provider" to "school psychologist-specialist" or "school psychologist-doctoral". Additionally, this bill improved supervision requirements for early career professionals and defined the scope of practice for school psychologists as consistent with the NASP Standards saying, "Services are delivered consistent with the specific services articulated under the domains of practice defined in the National Association of School Psychologist’s 'Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services.'" This makes Maine the first state to pass into statute specific reference to the NASP Practice Model. Congratulations to the school psychologists in Maine for your outstanding work on behalf of the profession and the students you serve. To review Maine’s new title and practice statute, click here:
LD 1094 School Psychology Bill