AB 858 (Wood) is on the Governor’s desk and he must sign or veto this bill by October 11th. This bill would include a marriage and family therapist (MFT) within those health care professionals covered under the definition of a “visit” at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) thereby making it easier for FQHC’s to hire MFT’s.
We want to Governor to veto this bill as there is an abundance of social workers to fill these jobs and social workers have the most comprehensive training to work with diverse and low-income populations. Social workers have the skills to counsel clients and to access appropriate services to meet the client’s needs and are available to fill any vacant positions.
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