A psychologist who prescribes medication to her patients has recommended it to the island’s leaders.
The psychiatrist, Dr. Christine Sexton, who works at the island of Staten Island, has a new prescription for medication for a patient who was prescribed medication by a local psychiatrist for anxiety.
Staten Island Mayor John Wray says he and his fellow politicians have been contacted by Sexton and she is a member of the island community and has asked for a private meeting with her.
Wray said he is aware of the psychiatrist’s work and she has been on the island for some time.
Statens Health spokeswoman Julie Stapleton said Sexton was not authorized to prescribe medications to patients and had not sought permission to do so.
The town council will meet with her later this week.
Wales is one of a handful of U.S. states to have a psychologist as a physician.
A psychologist is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating patients with a mental illness.
Psychologists can prescribe medication to patients for a variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
A psychiatric report prepared by the American Psychological Association last year said psychologists have a “high degree of autonomy” and are not required to get permission from patients or other professionals before prescribing medications.