Calls to Action

CT 2021 Legislative Session for Telehealth
The CT legislative session began in January. This session will address issues including telehealth. We need your help to make sure MFT voices are heard and that legislators understand the importance of ongoing tele-mentalhealth accessibility as well as payment parity. CTAMFT is calling on all members to submit testimony to support efforts in this session. This is our chance to highlight the benefits of payment parity for clinicians as well as creating ongoing access for clients to received telementalhealth services. Current bills in action (to be updated as the session continues):

SB1022-
SB1022 has been raised by the Insurance & Real Estate Committees in a joint public hearing scheduled for March 15th, 2021. This bill allows us to argue for further telehealth parity provisions- specifically for providers to choose their HIPAA compliant platform when providing telehealth as well as telehealth reimbursement parity. 
CTAMFT has already started collaboration amongst various MH organizations in the state including: NASW-CT, CT Psychological Association, and CCA. We will be submitting a joint association testimony as well as our individual CTAMFT testimony in support of this bill.

It is important that as many of us as possible write testimony and submit by March 14th.
Current Proposed language for SB1022 (this can and will most likely change before final approval): https://www.cga.ct.gov/.../TOB/S/PDF/2021SB-01022-R00-SB.PDF

How to submit testimony:
email testimony to: phtestimony@cga.ct.gov
Include in subject line: Your Name, testimony in support of SB1022
Sign up for virtual in-person testimony here by March 14th, 3pm: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IEdVfzgSSpa-qYczbtmFYw

What does testimony look like? Sample SB1022 Testimony Template
Written testimony is submitted as a letter. Address your letter to the committee, indicate your support and let them know why this is important to you as a provider and your clients. Make sure to highlight the inclusion of language to allow providers to select their own HIPAA compliant platform and for telehealth reimbursement parity.
Virtual in-person testimony. 2-3 minutes of talking time allotted. The best way to prepare for this is to write out written testimony and read this out loud to the committee. You must sign up in advance (see link above)

HB6472 -
HB6472 has been raised by the Human Services Committee. This bill targets Telehealth services being provided to Medicaid clients. The public hearing is scheduled for February 23rd, 2021. Testimony can be received by email through February 22nd. CTAMFT encourages members to write testimony in support of HB6472, and submit this testimony by emailing it in word or PDF format to hstestimony@cga.ct.gov with "your name, SUPPORT HB6472" in the subject line. 
- CTAMFT has submitted both our own testimony, which you can see here; as well as signed on a group testimony of multiple mental health organizations in the state.