Dr. Valerie Hale, UPA President Elect
Teresa Bruce, UPA Executive Director
On May 11, 2018, UPA held it’s annual meeting at the Cottonwood Country Club. The venue was beautiful, the food delicious! Thank you to all who joined us to thank our volunteers who work with such dedication to keep UPA a viable organization.
The attached are photos of our outgoing board members who were recognized for their contributions. We do not have a photo of Dr. Emma Mansour who was unable to be with us.
We would like to thank:
Dr. Janiece Pompa (past president beginning July 1, 2018), Dr. Katie Fortenberry, Dr. Kirt Cundick, Dr. Emma Mansour and Diana Askings. And a thank you to Dr. Jamie Brass who will fully retire (for now!) from UPA after having served as ECP chair, President Elect, President and Past President. Their volunteer efforts contributed greatly to our past years’ success.
Welcome to our newly elected: Dr. Valerie Hale will be assuming the role of President on July 1, 2018. Dr. Kirt Cundick is new our President Elect and will chair education for the fiscal year June 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Dr. Fortenberry will return for another term as Member at Large, and Dr. Amanda Rapacz is a new Member at Large. Dr. Emma Mansour will continue as a committee chair of Membership.
Below are committee reports (summarized) for the benefit of those who could not attend:
UPA finances are in good shape; thanks to our capable treasurer, Cathie Fox, Ph.D. and a very conscientious board. We as an organization have worked hard to increase revenue, and minimize expenses where we can. We do have some fixed expenses that keep the doors of UPA open; salaries, insurance, our website has a cost; but overall, we run the operation on a very tight budget. Because of the strong financial oversight, UPA will not be raising dues or workshop fees for another year. This will be our 3rd year without any increases. If we continue to draw new members and attendance at our CE events, this trend could possibly continue.
UPA Legislative Committee:
Both UPA members and our board stepped up this year to influence important bills impacting psychologists and the people we serve. These laws related to our licensure requirements, evaluator scope of practice, and state allocation of resources impacting our most vulnerable individuals. Special thanks to Nan Klein and Amanda Rapacz for their above and beyond work this year in their advocacy around forensic evaluations.
From the FAC
As we have done for the last 25-30 years, a delegation of psychologists from Utah went to Washington DC to meet with our members of Congress. This year, The UPA delegation consisted of director of professional affairs, Dr. Nanci Klein, Federal advocacy coordinator Dr. Chris Wehl,
We met with the offices of Senator‘s Orin Hatch and Mike Lee, and representatives Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart, Mia love, and John Curtis.
We urged our members to cosponsor the Medicare mental health access act, a bipartisan bill that would allow psychologist to provide Medicare services without unnecessary physician supervision, by adding psychologist to the Medicare physician definition.
We also asked our Members to protect Medicaid from tinkering, as it is the primary source of coverage for American’s mental health and substance abuse treatment.
We also informed several members of upcoming 35% rate cuts for Tricare providers and the Implications for availability of mental health services if that Cut takes place.
UPA is slowly gaining members… We have increased from 278 members last year to 307 this year!. We have over 1000 licensed psychologists in the state. So please, encourage your colleagues who are not members to join. Non members benefit from the work that UPA does on behalf of the profession FOR the professionals. Imagine what clout we would have if our numbers were much larger? So please, be an ambassador for UPA!
The student membership is at it’s highest levels in many years. This group has actively promoted student membership in UPA through social and educational events. This year, UPA was fortunate to have funds to award a Bruce Parson memorial scholarship. We will announce the recipient of that award a bit later.