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New York State Psychological Association’s Statement in Opposition to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13769: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorists Entry Into the United States

New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) joins the American Psychological Association (APA), several State, Territorial and Provincial Associations (STPAs), and other psychological and mental health associations in its strong condemnation of President Trump’s Executive Order 13769 signed January 27, 2017 pertaining to immigration, national security, and border security. The United States, and especially New York State, has been and remains a land built on the promise of diversity and inclusion.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” is a message etched at the base of the Statue of Liberty, a timeless statement and reminder of a value system that sought to open its doors to immigrants and offer safe haven and the hope of opportunity. We must continue to reaffirm our pledge to remain a place of refuge for those in need.
As psychologists, our commitment to champion the needs of immigrants who come to our shores seeking freedom and our support and assistance is further rooted in our own Ethical Principles as set forth by the APA, namely: “Psychologists respect and protect civil and human rights…”  As psychologists, we oppose actions that are psychologically injurious and harmful to the public. The Executive Orders pose potential harm to the psychological well-being of all people.
NYSPA does not discriminate on the basis of culture, ethnicity, race, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, marital status, language, employment and socioeconomic status. In closing, we wish to re-emphasize our opposition to the President’s Executive Order and our unwavering support for the rights of all people.  
Herb Gingold, PhD
President, NYSPA
Roy Aranda, PsyD, JD      
Past-President, NYSPA
Daniel Kaplin PhD
NYSPA Diversity Taskforce Co-Chair
Vernon Smith, PhD
NYSPA Diversity Taskforce Co-Chair
Past-President, NYSPA Division of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity


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NYSPA and Health Assets

As one of your member benefits, you have access to Health Assets with your billing/insurance problems. They will provide up to an hour of consultation and help to each member.

Health Assets has, on their website, the 2017 Medicare reimbursement rates. Access to this information is free of charge to NYSPA members.

View the press release on instructions on how to access the 2017 Medicare reimbursement rates.

Thanks to Health Assets for this beginning of 2017 bonus.

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Message From NYSPA President, Herb Gingold, PhD

Welcome 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I am grateful and humbled by the responsibility of being the President of NYSPA in 2017. We are in a period of great change, both externally and internally, and the stakes have never been greater.

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Save the Date:
NYSPA Lobby Day
May 9, 2017

NYSPA will host a Lobby Day on May 9, 2017.
NYSPA staff and lobbyists will prepare you for all of your meetings with legislators and equip you with a toolkit of information, position papers, talking points and packets for your meetings. Breakfast and Lunch will also be provided.
The following issues will be the focus of our efforts:
  • PLLC Bill (forming legal partnerships with MDs)
  • Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists

  • Duty to Protect 

  • Expansion of Out of Network Benefits
A formal invitation and additional information regarding travel, hotel and schedule is forthcoming. We hope you can join us!

NYSPA Seeks Award Nominations

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, NYSPA will recognize those that go the extra mile for the profession. Below are the awards being presented.

Nominate your colleagues and peers who you believe fit the criteria.

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Nominations submitted in the fall will automatically be included for consideration; there is no need to resubmit.

All nominations should be sent to by April 15, 2017


NYSPA Webinars Available to Download 

The following webinars are available to download:

  • Risk Adjustment Audits of Psychology Practices by Commercial Insurers
  • Delineating Alternative Practice, Legal and Financial Models for Integration
  • ICD-10: Being Ready for the October Deadline
  • Is Tele-Mental Health Right For Your Practice?

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View NYSPA Response to Hoffman Report

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