17th Annual AzPA Politics & Psychology Day

January 29, 2019
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Associated General Contractors
1825 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

AzPA 2019 Annual Politics and Psychology Day

Addiction Medicine & the Role of Syringe Service Programs in Recovery by Monica Faria, M.D. and Christopher 'Luke' Peterson, D.O.
2019 Legislative Agenda of the AZ Board of Psychologist Examiners by Jenna Jones, Executive Director, AzBoPE

Event Schedule: 

8:30 – 9:00 am- Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm- CE Presentations
12:00 pm- After the presentations: Visit legislators*, attend hearings, or observe the legislature in session
*Appointments should be made by the individual. For information on how to do so, please contact Phil Barry, pbarryphd@cox.net.

Addiction Medicine & the Role of Syringe Service Programs in Recovery

Program Description

Currently, many of the evidence-based practices utilized elsewhere in the United States are criminalized or go unutilized here in Arizona. For instance, Syringe Service Programs (SSPs) have been proven an effective strategy to reduce the harms of the opioid epidemic. For many, a Syringe Service Program is the first step that a person struggling with substance use disorder may take on the journey of personal responsibility for their health and recovery. These programs act as a frontline and serve as a comprehensive health resource that works with those struggling with substance use. They provide health services through onsite medical care, screening, and counseling for HIV, Hepatitis C, and STIs, along with resources to prevent overdose. All of this is in addition to their most important role: acting as the trusted resource for those in the grips of addiction to find referrals to treatment. Research has shown that people referred to treatment from a SAP are five times more likely to go and remain in treatment. [1] 
These programs work, and they are working right here in Arizona. They do so, however, in a legal grey area that leaves desperate people without clear access to health services and puts volunteers, first responders, and law enforcement at risk. As a result of outdated drug paraphernalia laws, and despite the awareness of public safety professionals who know these programs work, these evidence and health-based programs utilized elsewhere in the US are still actually considered illegal in Arizona.

Learning Objectives

1. Explain the effectiveness of syringe service programs in the context of addiction treatment.
2. Describe the importance of legalizing syringe service programs to protect first responders, treatment providers & other participants in such programs. 
3. List at least two addiction treatment services and programs that can be appropriately referred to clients. 

2019 Legislative Agenda of the AZ Board of Psychologist Examiners

Program Description

As part of the regularly scheduled sunset process currently underway for the Board, the auditor has recommended that psychology is now an outlier among licensed professions in not requiring criminal background checks as part of its licensure process.  This presentation will describe the issue and the Board’s choice of policy and procedures.  Ms. Jones will also discuss the implications for current and prospective licensed psychologists. Graduates of APA- accredited doctoral training programs in psychology have not been required to submit transcripts for review since APA guidelines have historically complied with Arizona licensure requirement statutes.  PCSAS is an alternative accrediting organization that is seeking parity with APA-accredited programs for its graduates.  The Board has been unable to confirm that PCSAS accreditation requirements meet minimum standards for licensure in Arizona.  This issue was contentious in the last legislative session and is expected to be debated again this year.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the proposed new requirements for licensure regarding criminal background checks.
2. Discuss at least 2 similarities and differences between APA and PCSAS accredited training programs.
3. List two options available to the Board as it considers whether to support or oppose granting continued preferred status for accredited doctoral training programs in psychology.

CE Credits
3 CE credits will be available 
Ticket Costs

Full                                                $75
Student/Postdoc/Retired          $45

Professional                                  $100
Student/Postdoc/Retired           $65

Your input into the legislative process can be critical, especially in times of significant social change.  AzPA strongly encourages you to get to know your legislators in the Arizona House and Senate.  Don't hesitate to call their offices, email them, or come for a visit. To determine who your legislators are, you can follow the links shown below.  When you attend "A Morning of Politics and Psychology," please think about setting an appointment with your legislators to discussion your concerns about psychology and other issues.  You are likely to be impressed and surprised to find that many are interested in your views.  
This link will enable you to find your home District:

This link will allow you to use the number of your Legislative District to find your two Representatives and one Senator.

All participants of Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA) events and programs must agree to follow a Code of Conduct: 

Expected Behavior

  • Be considerate and respectful of other guests, presenters and staff.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory and/or harassing behavior and speech.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply at once. If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, AzPA may take action deemed appropriate, including expulsion from the event. *Refunds may be requested following expulsion. 


$75.00 Full Member Ticket

$45.00 Student/Postdoc/Retired

$100.00 Non-member Professionals

$65.00 Non-Member Student/Postdoc/Retired