Current Massachusetts Bills
Legislative Update - Spring 2019
We have 4 bills currently being sponsored.
Here are the assigned Bill Numbers:
HB 1705 - An Act Expanding Access and Safety of Mental Health Services
This bill is our Section 12 'Parity Bill'
HB 1706 - An Act Establishing a Board of Registration of Licensed Mental Health Counselors
This bill is proposing to increase the efficiency of the Licensing Board by separating mental health counselors (who by far make up the majority of applicants) from the other professions the board of Allied Mental Health currently reviews
This bill also creates an 'entry level' or 1st tier license (LSMHC) for individual who are being Supervised (the S) and working toward the Independent LMHC license
HB 1704 - An Act Relative to Establishing a Behavioral Health Workforce Development Trust Fund
This is the bill that uses existing funds from the Workforce Development Trust Fund, and allows the Behavioral Health field (all professions and licenses in behavioral health) access to these funds in order to pay for supervision needs that currently are an unfunded mandate
Fact Sheets and more specific information about these bills are posted on the Public Policy homepage here. Don't hesitate to download these, send them to colleagues, networking contacts, or any other folks who you think are interested in these important issues facing mental health care, and specifically Mental Health Counselors in Massachusetts!
Please call us at 508-698-0010 (x 203) to find out how you can be involved with lobbying, making phone calls and being a community voice for change, and you can be part of our terrific team. You can also contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org As always, thank you for your support!
Joseph Weeks, LMHC
Director of Public Policy and Legislation