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  • 28 Apr 2018 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    TNAMFT Members,

    Please make every effort to contact members of the Judiciary Committee members between now and their meeting at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

    Click this link to get contact information for Judiciary
    Committee 

    Once again, LMFTs have been left off of another bill in the state legislature, even though we are identified Mental Health Service Providers. If LMFTs are amended onto this
    bill, it would also allow us to offer court testimony through deposition in lieu of lengthy and costly court appearances. Following is a brief script provided by our lobbyist to use
    when calling a committee member.

    “What is fair for social workers is fair for LMFTs. Please include us in SB41 by Senator Southerland. LMFTs must leave our clients in our offices, agencies, and hospitals to
    appear in court just like social workers. It isn’t fair to us, and our clients are disadvantaged. All mental health professionals should be on equal grounds when called to testify by the court system. Provide licensed marriage and family therapists the option to give a deposition in lieu of a court appearance. Amend SB41 to include LMFTs. Thank
    you.”

    Thank you for your responsiveness,

    Robbie Hutchens, Chairperson
    TNAMFT Legislative Committee

  • 4 Aug 2017 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    The Legislative Committees of TNAMFT and TLPCA will be accompanied by Lobbyist, Jenny Ford, to host an advocacy panel discussion on Saturday, April 22, following the Town Hall meeting.  The participants have requested that questions be submitted ahead of the discussion in order that the session might be used to the greatest efficiency and impact.  Please submit any queries to Robbie Hutchens, Legislative Chair, at  MFTAdvocate@SignetHouseLLC.com by April 8, 2017.

    Following is the Legislative Bill Report written by our lobbyist, Jenny Ford, so that you, our TNAMFT membership, might be informed of current advocacy efforts.  For questions or feedback to Jenny, please use the above email address.

    Attached you will find the Billreport-2017-03-04-04-43-40 being tracked that are of interest or may impact your practice as a LMFT. The bill number, sponsors, brief summary and level of focus (i.e. Monitor) are list, along with the bills’ assigned committees. Be sure to hang on to it. Were in the process of setting up a members only access to feature documents such as the Tracked Bills document for your access.


  • 11 Apr 2011 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    Dear TAMFT Members,

    We want to urge you to contact your members of Congress to become co-sponsors for S604, which is the Senate bill to have licensed marriage and family therapists become approved mental health providers under Medicare. AAMFT has urged our members to contact their federal representatives who are Senators Corker and Alexander and the Congressman from your own district. You may do this by going to aamft.org and clicking on the tab for advocacy. It will take you to an advocacy page that helps you identify your representatives and gives a sample letter that you can send through the website or write your own. Linda Hazel, President-elect, and I visited their offices several weeks ago during the Spring Leadership Conference and asked them to support this bill. Your contacting them will build on this effort. Thank you for your efforts in advocating for our profession and giving greater service to seniors and their families.

    Richard Gillespie, L.M.F.T. and M. Div..President, TAMFT

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