Legislative Update October 2021


Legislative Update October 2021

2021 California Legislative Session

The 2021 legislative session ended and the Governor now has until October 10th to veto legislation, sign it into law or let it go into law without his signature.  The Legislature will resume on January 3, 2022.  Below is an update on legislation of interest to CAMFT members.

AB 723 (Low) / SB 801 (Roth) – MFT Scope of Practice- CAMFT's bill, AB 723, was amended into the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) Omnibus bill, SB 801. The inclusion in SB 801 reflects the legislative consensus and lack of opposition to SB 723 throughout the process this year.   We are waiting for this the Governor to sign this bill.

The updated scope of practice definition does not change the MFT scope, but simply modernizes the language to better articulate what the modern MFT does on daily basis and the various locations the MFT works. 

Please be aware that DCA's Tele-Supervision COVID Waiver is set to expire at the end of the month.  CAMFT is formally requesting the Tele-Supervision Waiver be extended and plans to meet with the Department of Consumer Affairs, Health and Human Services Agency and the Governor's office.  Please stay tuned for more updates regarding the critical advocacy effort!

CAMFT encourages all members to visit CAMFT's Legislative Action Page to learn about all the bills CAMFT follows, including in-depth descriptions, legislative analyses, and up-to-date status reports. You can also subscribe here to CAMFT's Action E-Lerts for CAMFT emails on key pieces of legislation. 

Board of Behavioral Science Meeting Dates

Due to COVID all BBS meetings have been conducted via a webcast and links to the meetings can be found here. All CAMFT members are encouraged to participate.  Below is a list of BBS meetings:

Policy and Advocacy Committee: October 20, 2021
BBS Board Meeting: November 4-5, 2021


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