Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy [18 VAC 115 ‑ 50]
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8/27/12  9:38 pm
Commenter: Donna C. Fortney, NCC, LPC, President, NVLPC

In Support of Petition

This petition should be considered and rule changes should be made. I encourage the Board of Counseling to be more open to suggestions from those who are being affected by the rules and procedures. Suggested improvements include but are not limited to: Increasing funding to support technological improvements that could include web-based system to show where applications and changes are in the process, adding more staff, using electronic database of approved supervisors and their credentials so Pre-Licensed folks can find supervisors in their area. Electronic database of work establishments that have been approved which would speed up the process of approval. Using Email blasts (blind carbon copy to ensure confidentiality), to alert residents of changes in rules/policies. Communication between residents and reviewers to speed process of approval/compliance. There are many willing mental health professionals in this state that are prepared to help find reasonable solutions to these and many other problems with this broken system.

Thank you for allowing our voices to be heard. Respectfully submitted,

Donna C. Fortney, NCC, LPC

President, NVLPC

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