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Legislative Update: Two Positive Outcomes!

We are pleased to share there were two positive outcomes from this year’s legislative efforts, which will be going into effect October 1, 2014! 

Medicaid Reimbursement

The most recent legislative session wrapped up with a budget implementer bill that passed through the House and Senate.  Included in the implementer bill is language that directs the Department of Social Service (DSS) to adopt a Medicaid State Plan amendment to provide for reimbursement for individuals 21 and over to Private Practice Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) and other mental health professionals (social workers, psychologists, counselors and LADCs).  Link here http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/h/pdf/2014HB-05597-R00-HB.pdf to review the document (section 220, pages 276-277).

License Portability 

License portability has also been adjusted to allow LMFTs who have been licensed in other states for three (3) years to obtain a Connecticut license.  This is in keeping with other professions, who also changed their regulations.  Previously LMFTs from other states were not recognized by Connecticut until they had been licensed for five years.

We believe that these inclusions were positively impacted by meetings with committee chairs from the Department of Public Health (DPH) and Appropriations, and supporting Community Health Center Association initiatives with Medicaid.  Thanks to our lobbyists, Murtha Cullina, and CTAMFT members Susan Boritz and Maryann LaBella for your contributions to those efforts.    

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