Governor Brown signed AB 1863, a bill sponsored by CAMFT and authored by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg). By adding Marriage and Family Therapists as providers at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC), many Californians will now have greater access to mental health care. LMFTs look forward to collaborating with the professional teams at the centers.
As of January 1, 2017, LMFTs will be added to the list of prospective payment system (PPS) reimbursable providers to fill vacant behavioral health provider positions at FQHCs and RHCs and help to further primary care integration. Many of the clinics have unfilled behavioral healthcare positions and they are eager to include LMFTs in their future recruitment efforts. In order for the clinics to be reimbursed for services provided by LMFTs, the clinics must request a change of scope from the California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) for each individual clinic providing for the cost of care per clinic patient. Medi-Cal funds these services and is regulated by the Federal Medicaid program provisions. CAMFT will monitor the implementation of this legislation and inform members of further developments.