Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association

October 2022 Legislative Update

  • Sunday, October 30, 2022 4:14 PM
    Message # 12971959
    Aaron Norton (Administrator)

    STATE LEGISLATIVE/GOVERNMENT ISSUES

    In the May 2022 update, we discussed some legislative issues the FMHCA GRC was considering taking up for the 2022-2023 legislative issues.  FMHCA settled on a goal of passing a bill accomplishing the following:

    • Revising F.S. 916.115 to include 491 board licensees among the list of mental health professionals who can be appointed by the court for evaluations
    • Revising F.S. 491.005(1)(c) so registered interns in private practice are NOT required to have a licensed professional "on the premises" when providing telehealth
    • Replacing the term "registered mental health counselor intern" with "licensed associate mental health counselor"

    When the bill is written and introduced, more details will be offered.

    The 491 Board has a meeting on 11/11/22 that is expected to result in substantial changes in the duties and responsibilities of qualified supervisors supervising registered interns.  Stay tuned for an update next month.

    FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE/GOVERNMENT ISSUES

    AMHCA, ACA, and NBCC just issued a united call to action supporting the Mental Health Access Improvement Act, which, if passed, will finally enable counselors and marriage and family therapists to bill Medicare.  Read that call to action by clicking here, and contact your legislators!

    Last modified: Sunday, October 30, 2022 4:14 PM | Aaron Norton (Administrator)
  • Monday, October 31, 2022 4:18 PM
    Reply # 12973204 on 12971959
    JAY SCHRADER (Administrator)

    Thank you Aaron.  Maybe it's time for this to go through.

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022 10:58 AM
    Reply # 12991640 on 12971959
    Joshua Littleton (Administrator)

    I couldn't agree more Jay. I have not done my personal due diligence to stay up-to-date with legislation impacting our profession and often look forward to your updates Aaron to help me stay connected with the industry. 

    Your work is valued, sir. 

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