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Thousands of practitioners live and work across the state of Florida. Are you looking for a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Florida?

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Information on the latest 491 rule changes, Department of Health 491 Board meetings, license maintenance, and more.

Chapters

FAMFT has established a dozen chapters and groups across the state. Look here for more details about what we are offering in your area of Florida.

Continuing Ed

Quality training for your required CEU needs and for the advancement of your career. Offered both by FAMFT and your local chapters.

Recent News

Report on the Florida Department of Health Medical Quality Assurance Long Range Planning Meeting

Friday, October 18, 2019

By Dr Larry Barlow

Dr. Scott A. Rivkees

State Surgeon General

Friday I attended the Planning Meeting to represent MFTs in Florida. The lobbyist for FAMHCA was present but no one was there for Social Work. Below are few summaries of the reports.

Legislative: As we all know HB 23 on Telehealth passed this year and was signed into law effective July 1st. Now all of the Florida Medical Regulatory Boards have issued statements affirming that any licensed medical (health) provider may use “telehealth to deliver health care services within their profession’s scope of practice.” The App for out-of-state licensed health care professionals to register and be granted permission is now in rule making. There is also a telehealth website which defines terms in statutory language (http://laws.flrules.org/2019/137). Http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth/

HB 451 requires health care practitioners to discuss nonopioid alternatives and provide a pamphlet to patients.  You may download it at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/non-opioid-pain-management/_documents/alternatives-facts-8.5×11-eng.pdf

SB 1418 requires “amending s. 34491.0147, F.S.; requiring certain license holders and 35certificate holders to disclose certain patient or 36client communications for purposes of notifying law 37enforcement agencies of certain threats;”

 

Proposed Legislation 2019:

HB 41/SB 180 Defines Conversion therapy and prohibits the practice of performing conversation therapy on a person under the age of 18.

SB 66/HB 77/HB 115 delete the authority for taking disciplinary action against health care practitioners who are in default on a student loan.

SB 230 amends various provisions of practice acts under MQA to streamline licensure and eliminate obsolete language (including 491).

Discipline Cases

Although most board inventory is down for Boards, our Board has been without a prosecuting attorney for two months. It appears due to the low market pay, the average tenure of staff attorneys at the Boards is11 months. So, this presents a challenge. But the DOH is working to reduce the inventory of year old cases. The Investigative Services units has 11 field offices in Florida to monitor and investigate cases. For priority cases they are completing those I 12 days within 85% and 99.8% within 90 days.

Customer Service Enhancements

The strategic goal of MQA is to reduce deficient applications by 50% in order to expedite the licensure process. Partially, they have enhance the customer self check to be more certain when they are “ready to apply.” MQA has enhance services by utilizing AI (artificial Intelligence).

ULA (Unlicensed Activity) last year received 1161 complaints; issued 593 Cease and Desists orders. 64% were referred to law enforcement.

Remember: “If you see something, say something”

1-877-HALT-ULA (1-877-425-8852)

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The Future of Therapy in Florida?

Learn about the new online options as of July 1st in Florida for mental health professionals.

Florida Family Therapy Alliance

One Day Conference, Saturday, November 9, 2019 (9AM-4:30 PM)

Nova Southeastern University, Orlando Campus

Online Therapy:  Why Taking a Not Knowing Position Rings Hollow

9:00-12:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019

Richard P. Long, Ph.D., LMFT, Presenter

 

“Nothing is permanent but change,” said the Greek philosopher Heraclitus fifty-eight hundred years ago. If that is true, then we as therapists have a responsibility to consider what it means to provide clients an alternative to in-person therapy—delivery via telehealth, or telemental health or online therapy. With the publication of 2017 Report of the Online Therapy Workgroup, MFT’s can no longer take a not knowing position when it comes to delivering therapy online. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of ethical and regulatory issues, training programs, clinical issues and selected best practice guidelines for the delivery of therapy using telehealth.   PowerPoint slides, open discussion and small group work during the presentation.  Participants are asked to bring a fully charged smartphone with them to the presentation.

 

About the Presenter

Richard Long is the current chair of AAMFT’s Telehealth and Technology Interest Group. He is also chair for a workgroup charged with the creation of minimum standards for systemic family therapy applications. His interest in telehealth began when he developed “game changing” telehealth rules for Georgia’s Composite Board. He is a Board Certified-Telemental Health Provider. He has presented professional workshops for conference attendees at the American Counseling Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the International Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He lives in Naples, Florida with his husband Edward and his dog, Max.

FFTA Introduction to the new association

Dialogue on Meeting the Professional Needs of Therapists

Dr. Tyon Hall 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

President

2:30-4:30 PM Live interaction with online service options such as Simple Practice, Doxy.me, Talk Space, and more.

Important Legislation

Florida Legislature: 2018 Final Report

Florida Legislature: 2016 Final Report

Florida Legislature: 2015 Pre-Legislative Report

The Faces of Our Profession

(L to R) Executive Director, Dr. Larry Barlow; President, Dr. Tyon Hall; Legislative Lobbyist, Dr. Melinda Piller

We welcome you to learn more about the FAMFT and join us as we grow.