What bills has COPACT helped pass that impact me as an LPC/LMFT?  ​  ​      ​  
We passed HB 3668 which amended the practice act to allow 100 LPCs working as school counselors to hold onto their licenses.

We passed HB 2217 whichextends the exemption from punitive damages in malpractice suits to include LPCs and LMFTs.

We passed HB 2768 which amended the Practice Act to make practice definitions clearer and better situated for health care reform. It also amended the LMFT internship process to allow the same amount of internship for LMFTs as LPCs. The same year we also passed SB 491which allows teens to self-refer to access care from LPCs and LMFTs, and we worked on HB 2737, which allows independent mental health clinics to bill insurance in a way that has the effect of increasing the availability of internships.

We supported HB 2307, which prohibits the use of Conversion Therapy on minors, supported HB 2796, which created a licensure process for Music Therapists, helped clarify and supported HB 2023, which sets policies for hospitals when discharging mental health clients, supported HB 430, which prohibits licensure boards from issuing a license to a person with a conviction for sex crimes, supported HB 2468, which directs the Oregon Insurance Division to establish specifics for making provider networks more accessible for clients and providers, and supported HB 832,which allows for full reimbursement of mental health services provided in primary care settings. That same year we kept a close eye on two bills: SB 901,which requires insurers to directly reimburse an out-of-network provider who bills the insurer and HB 3347,which makes it easier for courts to commit a mental health patient under the basic personal needs criteria.

We kept an eye on SB 1558, which protects students’ mental health records.

We supported Art Therapists in their successful effort to obtain state licensure while protecting the right of LPCs and LMFTs to use are in their practices. We also worked to defend the right of LPCs to provide services to sex offenders. We successfully fought against legislative efforts to define required topics for continuing education training, and we helped develop and worked to pass SB 860 which creates a structure to evaluate mental health reimbursement reductions as potential violations of parity law. COPACT had been working on the reimbursement reduction issue in the legislature since 2010. We also kept an eye on a failed revenue raising strategy that would have increased taxes on all mental health related services.

We rested through a quiet short session where very little mental health legislation emerged.