Drs. Skrade and Manna Receive Award

Dr. Skrade, Dr. Mario Marquez (President of Division 55) and Dr. MannaDr. Mark Skrade, President of the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, Mo., and Dr. Marci Manna, Forest Institute alumna, received the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 55 award for the Outstanding Contribution to Prescriptive Authority on the State Level.  The award was presented at the Division 55 Awards Banquet during the APA Annual Convention in Boston on August 15.
The award is given to the psychologist judged to have had the biggest impact on the prescriptive authority issue at the state level.
Skrade and Manna have co-chaired the Missouri Psychological Association (MOPA)-RxP Taskforce for the past five years.  Their advocacy efforts in Missouri included a tremendously successful “MOPA Legislative Mental Health Day” in January where 85 co-sponsors signed on to support the RxP bill in the House of Representatives.  This event and the Division 55 Midwinter Conference in Kansas City have become models for other states.   Missouri is seen as one of the next states to pass a bill authorizing appropriately trained psychologists to prescribe psychotropic medications.

In addition to prescriptive authority, Skrade and Manna have advocated for access to appropriate healthcare, especially mental healthcare, for the citizens of Missouri and particularly those who have little to no voice in Missouri’s legislative and healthcare systems.
Skrade serves as Treasurer of Division 55, Co-Chair of the MOPA-RxP Taskforce and Past-President of MOPA.  Manna is the Chair of the MOPA-RxP Taskforce.
Congratulations Dr. Skrade and Dr. Manna!
For more information on Division 55, click HERE.