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Twenty-three members came to have dinner and hear the latest about the State of Psychology from 4 speakers, 2 of whom are PANNY members themselves. Deborah Martinez, the new Executive Director of NYSPA, spoke about her goals of increasing membership among the 14,000 licensed psychologists in New York, and about opportunities to engage in the state and country, including through hurricane relief. Patricia Dowds, Ph.D, the President-Elect of NYSPA, discussed her priorities of helping divisions and regions within NYSPA to work more closely, and to promote independent practice organizations as a way to help psychologists navigate changing models of practice and reimbursement.
Tom Barkley, Ph.D., the Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator for PANNY, discussed legislative priorities and ways of getting involved, particularly meeting with legislators in their local offices. Finally, Jerry Grodin, Ph.D., the Director of Professional Affairs at NYSPA and a past President of both PANNY and NYSPA, gave us his annual update on the changing and often-uncertain landscape of professional psychological practice. He informed us about value-based payment models that provide incentives based on outcomes. He also discussed opportunities for psychologists to be involved in integrated care and opioid addition/pain management, and the importance of having our voices heard on with a variety of potential threats and opportunities.