After the deadly Florida shooting, lawmakers are talking a lot about protecting children and teens and getting them the mental health services they need. But some parents and mental health professionals are worried a proposal from Governor Cuomo's executive budget could make that more difficult. For the last 14 years, the social work exemption expanded who can provide services like counseling and be involved in the diagnostic process. Cuomo is calling for an end to the exemption, so that only professionals with certain licenses can diagnose and treat patients. This means that a professional, such as a therapist, who has been treating a patient for years would be undermined by a licensed professional who may have no mental health training. Joining us to discuss the possible impact of the Governor's proposal is Assemblyman John McDonald and Northern Rivers CEO Bill Gettman.
Opposition to ending the social work exemption
By Capital Tonight Staff City of Albany March 21, 2018 @7:53 PM