CTAMFT's Advocacy Chair is Jessica Nelson. For more information on how you can be a part of our advocacy committee, please contact Jessica at advocacy@ctamft.org. 

Recent Advocacy Successes:

Associate License
The much awaited Associate License is here! CTAMFT worked hard in 2019 (after nearly 8 years of advocacy work) to pass the Associate License. At the end of our legislative session in May, Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists joined the Social Work profession and were granted access to an Associate designation by the Connecticut State Legislature. This Associate designation is a registration between graduation and full MFT licensure. The purpose of this change is to move license-eligible candidates from graduation to full licensure in a coordinated and documented manner in order to support the MFT profession and ensure client care. Effective October 1, 2019 all practicing Counselors & Marriage and Family Therapists must possess either an MFT License or Associate designation to legally practice. 
For more information regarding obtaining your associate license, please visit the DPH website here

Upcoming Advocacy Efforts:

MFTs in Schools
The CTAMFT Advocacy committee is currently working towards updating informational packets for the CT State Department of Education and School Districts. This taskforce will be focused on creating a complete packet including information on Marriage and Family Therapists, and particularly the benefits of having MFTs in the school setting. This taskforce will be working in conjunction with the MFTs in Schools AAMFT TIN. We are excited for this collaboration!
For more information on joining the school taskforce, please email Jessica Nelson at advocacy@ctamft.org.
- Their meeting was held on 3/25/2020 via Zoom. For more information, or to request participation, please email Jessica Nelson at advocacy@ctamft.org

Federal Advocacy Efforts

MFTs in Medicare
CTAMFT continues to support AAMFT efforts in pushing for MFT recognition as Medicare providers. This is a federal effort, and therefore must be pushed through at a federal level. For updates and ways in which you can be involved in asking your representatives to support this action, we encourage you to become part of the AAMFT FamilyTEAM and to follow their blog, which can be found here.