Special Announcement: Election and Legislation
MaMHCA Special Announcements:
2019 MaMHCA Election Results:
The historic, two candidate election for MaMHCA’s President-Elect was conducted from Wednesday, July 3, 2019 through Wednesday July 24, 2019. Members received a link to an election ballot which also included statements from the candidates.
The entire MaMHCA team was also impressed with the very robust participation of our members in the voting. Thank you!
MaMHCA is proud to announce that John Ciervo, LMHC was elected as President-Elect for the 2019-2021 Term!
John will begin his official role as President-Elect at the MaMHCA Annual Planning meeting September 7, 2019.
John, as both an experienced LMHC and LADAC-1, brings his skills as a clinician and an educator to MaMHCA’s Public Policy and Legislative Advocacy agenda. John teaches a variety of workshops for MaMHCA on Substance and Recovery, and has been a key speaker at Legislative hearings in support of MaMHCA’s proposed legislation to provide Section 12 Privileges for LMHCs. He received the MaMHCA President’s Award from Joe Weeks, LMHC in 2016.
MaMHCA also wants to thank Jenn Hurley, LMHC, for her candidacy and her many contributions to MaMHCA. We look forward to her continued participation as a member of MaMHCA’s Board of Directors and Membership Committee Chair.
July 23, 2019 Legislative Hearing:
On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, Joseph Weeks, LMHC, Public Policy and Legislation Director for MaMHCA testified in front of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, on behalf of two important bills that will support LMHC practice and consumer safety:
•HB 1704, An Act Creating a Behavioral Health Workforce Development Trust Fund
•HB 1706, An Act Creating a LMHC Licensing Board, and LMHC Entry-Tier License
Written testimony was also provided to the Joint Committee by Midge Williams, LMHC, MaMHCA Executive Director on each of the Bills; as well as a letter in support signed by members of the MaMHCA Board of Directors. Several members also called and wrote to their legislators and sent copies to the MaMHCA office.
The Legislature is in recess for August, and we expect to hear of the Committee’s decisions degrading these bills in September, when we also hope to hear about the scheduling of a hearing for our Section 12 Bill (HB 1705).
Stay tuned for more important updates in the September Newsletter!