Testimony Delivered to Legislative Hearing on LMHC Section 12 Rights
On Thursday, September 17, 2015, Rep. Josh Cutler (D Duxbury Pembroke), MaMHCA members John Ciervo, LMHC; Julie Howard, LMHC; Christine Cassidy, LMHC; and Joseph Weeks, LMHC, MaMHCA President and Public Policy Director, provided testimony to the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse regarding the need for LMHCs to be able to use Section 12 provisions for the safety of clients who are in danger of immediate harm. This was the first hearing for HB 1787, “an act relative to expanding access and safety of mental health services.” A package of written testimony and letters of support from MaMHCA members was also delivered to the Committee. The testimony was well received and no opposition was voiced at the time. We expect to hear within the month of the Committee’s Report.