Great day to you! We had a very productive month. Grassroots efforts are well on their way, on a state and federal level. We are also engaging with our members.
Thank you to everyone who sent letters and called legislators to request the introduction of the associate license. We gladly report that Representative Jillian Gilchrest introduced this legislation. We made sure to send her a thank you letter. The collaborative effort with you and CTAMFT has paid off. We enjoy working with you!
To reiterate, the associate license allows for MFTs to pass the exam, receive an associate license while completing experience hours to receive the full license. This means having the ability to obtain a job that requires a license without having to wait on 1000 face-to-face hours of clinical contact to be completed. We have been working on getting this legislation passed for 8 years, and I think this could be our year to obtain an associate license for MFTs.
We met with multiple legislators within the past month, including public health committee co-chairs and Senator Marilyn Moore to discuss the associate license. Every one of the public health committee constituents have been receptive. At the end of February, Chair, Rebecca Ruitto, LMFT and Advocacy Committee Chair, Norja Cunningham, PhD, LMFT, testified at the public health committee in support of the associate license. Their testimonies went well and we are hopeful the bill may move out of committee. Stay tuned for more call-to-action alerts as we prepare for next steps.
We also met with Congressman Jim Himes to request he cosponsor the Medicare legislation for MFTs to be added to the provider list. We left the meeting confident he was considering the co-sponsorship, after reviewing the Medicare legislation. Ultimately, this connection gained CTAMFT another ally on the federal level.
Lastly, thank you to everyone who responded to our member engagement survey. It provided us valuable information about our members. We are in the process of reviewing all of the replies and will be disseminating the data in a future newsletter.
As you have read, we are in full swing regarding grassroots efforts, and we welcome more advocacy team volunteers. If you would like to join us, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am so excited because we are accomplishing a lot. Why? Because we have a great team! And I am so grateful for each of them! Until the next newsletter, make it a great month!
Norja Cunningham, PhD, LMFT
Advocacy Committee Chair