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PLTC Psychologists in Long-Term Care

Promoting Best Practices for Long-Term Care

Public Policy & Advocacy

The mission of the Public Policy Committee of Psychologists in Long-Term Care (PLTC) is to advocate on behalf of policies promoting the availability and accessibility of ethical psychological services to older adults in long-term care settings. The Committee will monitor professional, regulatory, and legislative proposals and developments affecting the provision of geropsychological services in long-term care settings and facilitate PLTC responses, consistent with the mission of PLTC and the interests of its members.


  1. Identify, monitor, and inform PLTC members of regulatory, legislative, and professional issues and developments affecting the delivery of psychological services in long-term care settings.

  2. Inform policymakers, regulators, and other decisionmakers of the mental health needs of older adults in long-term care facilities and the delivery and utility of geropsychological services in such settings.

  3. Formulate responses to policy and regulatory proposals and developments consistent with the mission of the Committee and PLTC, including, but not limited to, correspondence to and contact with policymakers and legislative officials.

  4. Coordinate advocacy efforts with organizations with an interest in long-term care and the mental health of older adults to promote awareness and accessibility of geropsychological services in long-term care settings. 

Public Policy Committee

Margie Norris, Chair Michael Smith
Andrew Clifford Dean Paret
David Powers Carol Johnson
Mary Lewis Steve Daniel
Tom Reid  

Talking Points Reference

Groth-Marnat, G., & Edkins, G (1996). Professional Psychologists in General Health Care Settings: A Review of the Financial Efficacy of Direct Treatment Interventions. Professional Psychology Research and Practice, 27(2), 161-174.