While MFTs are eligible for entry-level positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), there are still challenges to overcome. The recently released rules make it nearly impossible for most California MFTs to become supervisors (which requires a Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education degree or passing the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards licensure exam).

The Appropriations Committee Report accompanying the Senate bill that funds the VA for the next fiscal year “directed” the VA to both (1) seek a separate classification in the Federal workforce for MFTs and (2) create a staffing plan to hire more MFTs within the Department. This report does not quite have the force of law, but there is a strong chance the VA may “accommodate” the funding for this bill per the direction by the Appropriations Committee. CAMFT is working to have the House accept this language. #VetsNeedMFTs.

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