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A bill in the Colorado legislature would allow psychologists who complete additional training to prescribe mental health medications, such as antidepressants. There’s disagreement on whether to let psychologists prescribe. Kim Lavoie, chair of behavioral medicine at the University of Quebec at Montreal, wrote a review about the lack of evidence for or against psychologists prescribing in 2002, and said there hasn’t been much research since to clear up the picture.

Lavoie said she’s skeptical of allowing psychologists to prescribe, since they wouldn’t be able to treat medication side effects. “How much does this really streamline the process? I’m not convinced,” she said.

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