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

Current Connecticut Legislative Session Efforts:

The 2023 legislative session has officially begun. In these early stages many bills are proposed and must first make it through the Committee hearings. If a bill is favored by the Committees and moving forward, we will then be notified of a public hearing. During the public hearing, CTAMFT and it's members can voice our support or opposition for bills. It is crucial for legislators to hear MFT voices during this time to bring awareness of our profession as well as our professional insight to policies that effect mental healthcare in CT. To make this easier, please check our calls to action page frequently. Here you will find a testimony template you can simply make minor adjustments and email in for support. 

Current status of 2023 CT Legislative Session: All public hearings have concluded. CTAMFT recognizes several bills in which amendments are still needed. Advocacy efforts are being focused on reaching legislators and asking them to amend them in these final stages before voting them into law. 

Current Bills we are Tracking:

SB 2: An Act Concerning the Mental, Physical and Emotional Wellness of Children
Status: File no.77

CTAMFT has a current call to action on this bill- see our calls to action page for more information. 

HB 6837: An Act Concerning the License Renewal Fee and Schedule for Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Master Social Workers and The Examination Requirement for Licensure of Master Social Workers. Status: File no.415

CTAMFT has a current call to action on this bill- see our calls to action page for more information. 

HB 6562: AN Act Concerning Telehealth
Status: HS Joint Favorable

CTAMFT has a current call to action on this bill- see our calls to action page for more information. 

HB 6901: An Act Concerning A Student Loan Reimbursement Program for Certain Professionals
Status: Raised Bill

2023 CTAMFT Testimony Submissions:

Letter to request legislation be introduced to address MFT licensure disparities 

Other CTAMFT Advocacy Initiatives

Interprofessional Collaboration
CTAMFT's Advocacy Chair, Jaime Rodriguez, has worked very diligently at developing, fostering and repairing relationships with all LMHPs (Licensed Mental Health Professional) State organizations. 

Jaime has participated in the newly developed Behavioral Health Interprofessional Collaboration (BHIC), which includes all 8 Connecticut LMHPs. (MFTs, LPCs, SWs, LADCs, APRNs, PAs, Psychologists and Psychiatrists). 

With this unified front, CTAMFT has taken joint actions on 3 major advocacy initiatives this session alone.  Collaborated CONNIE efforts has been the largest collective undertaking. Telehealth and Licensing Fees also utilized an integrated push from multiple mental health provider associations.

Advocacy Chair has cultivated a collaborative professional relationship with the CCA Advocacy team through the shared goal of inclusion in mental health legislative language.  

Harnessing the systemic approach and combined voices of all Connecticut mental health professionals has significantly impacted our advocacy efforts and provided a live example of the power of systemic intervention MFTs bring to the field for both fellow colleagues and legislators.


CTAMFT  is currently collaborating with several committees to address the concerns related to the upcoming mandate of provider enrollment. For specifics of current CTAMFT recommendations, please visit our CONNIE page, here

Private Insurance Concerns
CTAMFT continues to hear and understand the ongoing concerns and barriers to providers accepting private insurance.

CTAMFT Advocacy is still engaged in the private insurance workgroup  that is comprised of legislators, mental health professional representatives and insurance carrier representatives.

We encourage you to document any and all private insurance carrier issues and submit them to the Insurance Commissioner, Andrew Mais, directly at the following email: cid.admin@ct.gov

Loan Reimbursement

Marriage and Family Therapists are currently included in several loan reimbursement programs federally. 

The Federal Loan Repayment Program by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) includes MFTs and provides student loan repayment to LMFTs and other healthcare professionals in exchange for a commitment to provide services at NHSC-approved sites in underserved urban and rural communities. 

- The deadline for the NHSC Loan repayment program application for the  2023 fiscal year is April 25th, 2023. For more information and steps needed for applying, you can check out their website at nhsc.hrsa.gov (and will be available on our website). 

MFTs are also  included in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recover Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP), which provides support for those working directly with individuals recovering from substance use disorders. The STAR program typically opens applications later in the year. Stay tuned for updates on when and how applications will be accepted. 

Locally, Connecticut has the established Connecticut SLRP (CSLRP), which is a federal-state partnership that assists states in addressing the health professional shortages that cause disparities in access to healthcare. 

  • CTAMFT has continued to encourage the state and DPH to fund this program. 

  • Currently CSLRP is not reviewing new applications.

Additional local moves: current legislation HB 6901 to offer student loan reimbursement for undergraduate loans. CTAMFT has submitted testimony in support of this bill and asked for the bill to be amended to include graduate level loans. We are continuing to watch this bill as the legislative session is still in progress.

Federal Advocacy Efforts 

MFTs in Medicare

Provisions included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2023 signed into law in December 2022 added MFTs and MHCs as Medicare-eligible providers. This currently has an effective date of January 2024 and would be the first addition of licensed behavioral health providers to Medicare since 1989!


MFTS will be eligible in traditional, Medicare advantage, RHCs and FQHC settings. 


What next? AAMFT will be working with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services throughout the remainder of 2023 regarding:

  • Provider enrollment

  • Provider rules/fee schedules

  • Educating stakeholders about changes

What steps do CT MFTs need to take today?

  • Currently there are no action steps for MFTs in Connecticut to take. We encourage you to continue to check AAMFT’s website and your emails for communication regarding updates. CTAMFT will also be working towards updating our website to create a space to share these updates with members as we get closer to the 2024 implementation date. 

AAMFT is also holding informational sessions. The next webinar on Friday, May 5th at 4pm. You can find the link to register here.