College of Law > Academics > Centers, Institutes & Initiatives > Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute > e-Pulse Blog > Illinois Law Prescribing Hope for Mental Health Treatments
By Nesko Radovic /
October 29, 2015 /
Posted in: HLI News /
psychologists must enter into a collaborative agreement with
a physician, similar to the requirement for Advanced Practice Nurses. This agreement promotes the exercise of professional
judgement by the prescribing psychologist. A collaborating physician is
required to be available for consultation, in person or through
telecommunication, and meet with the psychologist at least monthly to review
medication orders and provide collaboration and joint approval of orders.
Psychologists can only prescribe medication that the collaborating physician
generally provides to his or her patients. Physicians may enter into
collaborative agreements with up to three prescribing psychologists.
addition, prescribing psychologists are prohibited from writing prescriptions
for minors under seventeen, seniors over sixty five years of age, patients that
are pregnant, or any patient with a serious medical condition, as well as any developmental/intellectual
disability. Clinical psychologists also may not prescribe benzodiazepine or
Schedule II controlled substances. Finally, out-of-state clinical psychologists
cannot prescribe in Illinois unless they meet the Illinois standards required
for biomedical education and clinical training, and abide by Illinois patient
new law streamlines mental health treatment, allowing patients to see one provider, rather
than a psychologist for treatment, and a physician for medication. The
collaboration between physicians and psychologists will provide a comprehensive
and effective treatment that gives people greater opportunity for recovery.
Nesko Radovic is pursuing his law degree at DePaul University College of
Law in Chicago. Mr. Radovic obtained his B.S. in Business Administration from
Strayer University in Washington, DC. He is an active member of the Health Law
Institute, and a staff writer for the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law. Mr.
Radovic hopes to focus his career in health
care-related finance, strategy and compliance issues, after graduating in May