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    MAPA Legislative Update – May 2018

    As you know, MAPA filed legislation this session, H.3205 and S.1085, An Act enabling physician assistants to authorize psychiatric and substance abuse holds, which would allow PAs to sign for Section 12 and Section 35 holds. These bills were granted an extended deadline until May 4th, but were ultimately sent to a study by the...
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    MAPA Action Alert: TIME SENSITIVE! 

    We Need Your Help!   We have one week before our bill’s extended deadline of May 4th EXPIRES! We urgently need PAs to contact the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse ASAP; please e-mail or call in and encourage them to report out H.3205/S.1085 favorably! The legislation MAPA filed this legislative session, H.3205 and...
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    MAPA Lobby Day 2018

    MAPA Lobby Day 2018 was a huge success – 210 students visited the State House to advocate for our bill. Representative Marjorie Decker, the sponsor for our bill, address the standing room only crowd....
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    Extension Granted – Legislative Update on Section 12/35

    We are pleased to announce that our bill H.3205/S.1085 was granted an extension last week by the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use & Recovery. This was a critical step towards our goal of gaining the ability to authorize holds for reasons of acute psychiatric illness (“Section 12”) and to petition the courts for substance abuse tr...
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    MAPA’s Response to Article in Boston Globe

    Boston Globe March 2, 2018 In citing undersupply of doctors, don’t overlook physician assistants Dr. Jeffrey S. Flier’s Feb. 26 op-ed ”How can we remedy the shortage of health providers?” appropriately highlights the need for increased access to health care providers in the Commonwealth. However, while pointing to a growing ...