Wayne Brown, a licensed clinical social worker specializing in trauma work, family therapy, and LGBT work, sheds light on a new legislative bill intended to increase access to mental health counselors throughout New York State.
Wayne elucidates how the current legislation biases against non-clinically licensed therapists, restricting them from billing insurance companies. This bill, however, advocates for these therapists to work under the supervision of fully licensed therapists, thereby expanding their service base. Wayne further highlights how this change can ease the mental health care crisis, particularly in under-served areas, by allowing more therapists to be incorporated within the local communities.
The discussion also touches upon some mental health issues brought to the fore by the pandemic and the role of online therapy services.