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We are thrilled to announce a significant milestone in our journey toward achieving licensure portability for MFTs in Virginia. The Senate Education and Health Committee last weekhas unanimously passed our bill, bringing us closer to making MFT practice more flexible and accessible across state lines. This remarkable achievement reflects our diverse team's dedication and advocacy efforts, including our dedicated volunteers, the Virginia Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, our esteemed bill sponsor, and several other engaged stakeholders. Their collective support underscores the widespread commitment to enhancing MFT licensure regulations. With the ...
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We're thrilled to share an exciting update: SB 373 , our Licensure Portability Bill, has achieved a significant milestone by unanimously passing through the Georgia Senate. This remarkable feat marks a crucial step in our mission to enhance access to mental health care across the state. SB 373 addresses the pressing issue of the shortage of mental health professionals in Georgia by simplifying licensure portability for MFTs. By streamlining this process, we aim to break down barriers and ensure individuals in need have timely access to the vital mental health services they deserve. The unanimous support from the Senate underscores the importance and urgency ...
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Today marks a significant step forward in Illinois as Senator Javier Cervantes and Representative LaPointe have cross-filed bills ( SB 3211 ) and House ( HB 5246 ) supporting the Access MFTs initiative in their respective chambers. This legislation aims to simplify licensure processes for Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) from other states, improving access to essential mental health services across Illinois. The Access MFTs initiative underscores a commitment to addressing mental health care disparities and recognizing the valuable contributions of MFTs in providing holistic therapy. Additionally, as the bill progresses , a need may arise for volunteers ...
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On Thursday, February 1st, companion bills HB 2296 and SB 2399 were introduced in the Tennessee House and Senate by Representative Sam Whitson and Senator Richard Briggs, respectively. These bills aim to streamline licensure processes for MFTs from other states, facilitating their practice in Tennessee and improving access to vital mental health services across communities. This bill aims to break down barriers to mental health care access and foster a supportive environment for all Tennesseans.
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We are thrilled to announce a significant milestone in the journey of HB 329 in Virginia. Following unanimous approval in the Health and Human Services - Health Professions Subcommittee earlier, we are delighted to share that HB 329 has passed unanimously through the Virginia House of Delegates. As HB 329 now awaits crossover into the Senate, we remain optimistic about its continued success in advancing through the legislative process. The momentum generated thus far underscores the importance of this bill in addressing critical issues within the mental health profession and ensuring that individuals and families receive the care they need. As ...
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Today, we're thrilled to share an exciting update on our endeavors in Georgia. Senate bill, SB 373 , has not only navigated the Senate Regulated Industries Committee with a unanimous vote of support but has also garnered widespread support from influential entities such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness Georgia (NAMI Georgia), Voices for Georgia’s Children, Georgians for a Healthy Future, University of Georgia College of Family & Consumer Science, Dept of Human Development and Family Science, Valdosta State University, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Resilient Georgia, CHRIS 180, Georgia Supportive Housing Association, Georgia Mental Health ...
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AAMFT’s Access MFTs initiative achieved a significant milestone as bills supporting licensure portability successfully passed out of House committees in Arizona and Virginia. In Arizona, HB 2114 , led by Representative Julie Willoughby, garnered an 8-2 vote in the Health and Human Services committee. Meanwhile, in Virginia, HB 329 secured unanimous support in both the Health Professions subcommittee and the Health and Human Services committee under the leadership of Health and Human Services Chairman Delegate Mark Sickles. Both advancements mark a crucial step towards enhanced portability within the state. These committee approvals signify a noteworthy ...
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Introduced on January 23rd, Senator Larry Walker III of Georgia's 20th Senate District spearheaded SB 373, a crucial piece of legislation advocating for licensure portability for MFTs. With commendable bipartisan backing, this bill signifies a collaborative effort to enhance professional mobility and broaden the scope of systemic therapy services in Georgia. By streamlining licensure processes, SB 373 supports the growth of MFTs and addresses the pressing need for accessible mental health care in diverse communities across the state. AAMFT's Access MFTs initiative represents our commitment to breaking down barriers, fostering a more interconnected mental health ...
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On January 22nd, Senator Max Wise of Kentucky's 16th Senate District, introduced Senate Bill 113, a bill focusing on breaking down licensure barriers for MFTs . This legislative effort underscores the vital importance of licensure portability in facilitating the seamless practice of MFTs across state lines. By championing this bill, Senator Wise is paving the way for increased professional mobility, empowering MFTs to contribute their expertise to diverse communities within and beyond Kentucky.
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On January 19th, Maryland Senators Katherine Klausmeier (SD-8) and Dawn Gile (SD-33) introduced Senate Bill 409, a pivotal step in championing licensure portability for MFTs. This forward-thinking legislation seeks to remove barriers for out-of-state licensed MFTs and underscores the profound impact such measures can have on the accessibility of mental health services statewide.
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This morning, the Health and Human Services - Health Professions Subcommittee voted unanimously to move the MFT portability bill ( HB329 ) forward! We anticipate the bill will be heard by the full Health and Human Services Committee in the coming weeks. We would like to thank the AAMFT members who either testified at the hearing today or provided written comments to the Subcommittee in support of this legislation. As we continue in the legislative process, a need may arise for volunteers interested in participating in advocacy – either from home or in person at the capital – to share with your legislators how this legislation can positively impact ...
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On January 8th, Virginia Delegate Mark Sickles from District 17 introduced House Bill 329 . This bill focuses on easing licensure barriers for MFTs licensed in other states. AAMFT is excited about the potential positive impact these legislative initiatives can have on our members' professional mobility and growth, as well as the opportunity to expand MFT services and systemic therapy to communities that may currently have limited access to care.
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Representative Julie Willoughby of District 13 in Arizona introduced House Bill 2114 on January 5th. This pivotal bill seeks to amend Arizona licensure by endorsement statute, striving to reduce barriers and facilitate easier access for MFT professionals. These developments underscore our ongoing commitment to advocating for our members and advancing the MFT profession.
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At the December public open session of the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, the Board voted to endorse the Access MFTs portability bill that will be introduced in the Maryland legislature this session. This endorsement received unanimous approval from all attending Board members . MFTs, staff, and government affairs representatives are actively collaborating with key stakeholders and legislators in all phase one Access MFTs states. The upcoming 2024 legislative sessions in most phase one states will begin in the next two weeks.
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As the Access MFTs effort moves forward, AAMFT staff were invited to present the initiative and answer questions at the latest Kentucky licensure board meeting on November 16. MFTs, staff, and government affairs representatives continue to work in all of our target states with key stakeholders and legislators in advance of the 2024 sessions
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Access MFTs is pleased to announce Arizona has been added as a phase 1 target state, rounding out the ten states being worked on in 2024. To support the efforts, AAMFT has contracted with Cornerstone Public Affairs, a bipartisan lobbying and political consulting firm with over 75 years of government relations experience at the partner level.
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Last month, lobbyists in Kentucky had the opportunity to testify before the Kentucky Senate Standing Committee on Licensing and Occupations about the Access MFTs initiative. This represents and important first step in the process in Kentucky that must happen before introducing legislative language. At the hearing, the Committee Chair, Senator John Schickel expressed interest in the Access MFTs effort and requested a copy of the draft bill. AAMFT and its partners in Kentucky have drafted bill language that should be finalized in the coming weeks.
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With emergency orders related to COVID expiring and the continuing demand for mental health services with many states experiencing provider shortages, easing portability barriers remained a key topic in many 2023 legislative sessions. The following states made recent updates relevant to MFTs and portability: Alaska: Alaska has a Telemedicine Business Registry. All businesses that plan to engage in telemedicine services with a resident in the state must have a valid Alaska business license and submit the Telemedicine Business Registry application. Applicants must register as a business, not a licensee and several licensees can practice under one ...
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Access MFTs is pleased to welcome Metro MFT to the effort to advocate for increased MFT portability in Maryland in 2024. To support the efforts, AAMFT has contracted with Public Policy Partners, a firm with a proven track record of working with health care groups and licensure portability issues. In 2024, the Access MFTs effort will also be gearing up efforts in Kentucky and reuniting with the Rotunda Group following successful lobbying efforts in 2018-2021 related to telehealth, MFTs in schools, protecting MFTs from board consolidation, and essential advocacy efforts needed during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
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Access MFT partners the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) joined together in giving comments at the California Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) meeting on August 18 in support of a potential future transition to the national exam to help ease portability barriers. Prior to the comment period, staff from the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) presented on the national exam and addressed questions from the BBS Board. A recorded webcast of the meeting from the California BBS can be found here .
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