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Arizona Association of
School Psychologists

The mission of school psychologists is to promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth by implementing research-based, effective programs that prevent problems, enhance independence, and promote optimal learning.

Call for AASP Award Nominations

Our professional community has many exceptional psychologists and administrators.  As you start back to school, consider nominating an esteemed colleague or supervisor for an AASP award in acknowledgement of their accomplishments and contributions. Each year, the Arizona Association of School Psychologists recognizes individuals who contribute significantly to the profession of school psychology. Individuals and teams are encouraged to nominate an outstanding and respected colleague for one of the following three awards. Click on the links below to find criteria and nomination forms. 

1. Keith Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award: This award is given to an Arizona school psychologist whose career reflects consistent and outstanding achievement to students, teachers, parents, administrators, community agencies, and the profession of school psychology. Click here for criteria and form.

2. School Psychologist of the Year: This award is given to a practicing Arizona school psychologist who consistently performs at a superior level. The criteria for the award should reflect adherence to and application of the domains of school psychology practice as outlined by the NASP Practice Model. Click here criteria and form.

3. Administrator of the Year: This award is given to an Arizona educational administrator at the school or district level who has who supports the work of school psychologists and recognizes the value of psychological services to all children. Click here for criteria and form.

Nominations should be submitted electronically to Dr. Samara Way, AASP past president and Awards Committee Chair at samara.way@aasp-az.org . Questions should be directed to Dr. Way. Nominations are due by midnight September 22, 2017.

AASP Advocacy Regarding Medicaid

Last week NASP staff and members of the NASP GPR (Government and Professional Relations) Committee urged AASP leaders to send a letter to our Arizona Senators, Senator Jeff Flake and Senator John McCain, sharing information about how the current version of the American Health Care Act could severely damage services to schools and students with disabilities.  NASP explained that the bill, as it stands now, would cut over $830 Billion to the Medicaid program.  Schools currently receive approximately $4 billion a year in reimbursements from Medicaid for services provided to Medicaid eligible children. 

NASP has developed a fact sheet detailing how this bill will affect schools https://www.nasponline.org/research-and-policy/current-law-and-policy-priorities/policy-fact-sheets/impact-of-proposed-american-health-care-act

AASP leaders were also urged to share the NASP Action Alert to contact members of the U.S. Senate from Arizona to urge them to ensure the Medicaid funds are preserved. 


AASP leaders wrote and signed the letter below with information from the NASP fact sheet, the Annie E. Casey Foundation 2016 Kids Count Data, and a summary of a survey conducted by the AASA (school administrators).  The letter reflects the unique position of Arizona with a high population of children living in poverty and a low ranking in spending for education. 

AASP urges you to use the NASP Action Alert to send an email to Senators Flake and McCain and to also call their offices and urge them to preserve the vital Medicaid services.  Please use the information in any of these resources to draft your personal messages.  As we state in the letter, our AASP Mission guides our action. 

Senator John McCain

2201 East Camelback Rd, Ste 115

Phoenix, AZ 85016

(602) 952-2410

website: www.mccain.senate.gov

218 Russell Senate Office Bldg

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-2235

Senator Jeff Flake

2200 East Camelback Rd, Ste 120

Phoenix, AZ 85016

(602) 840-1891

website: www.flake.senate.gove

413 Russell Senate Office Bldg.

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-4521

Medicaid Letter from AASP.pdf

NASP Advocacy Action Center

1. Visit The NASP Advocacy Page to find all of NASP's current Legislative alerts.

2. Click on the blue title of one of these alerts, and this will bring you to a new page.

3. Input your personal information in the pre-existing boxes to send the letter to Congress. The Advocacy Action Center will find your members of Congress automatically by your zip code.

4. If you check the box "Remember me" at the bottom of the page , it will remember this information.

5. Press "submit" on this page and a new page will appear with a draft subject line and message to e-mail to congress. You may keep this subject line and message or choose to edit it.

6. When you are finished editing the letter, press "Submit" and you will receive a confirmation that your letter was sent.

7. From the confirmation page, press "Back to main page" to return to the home page and submit the rest of the letters.

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