House Bill 374 established licensure for Marriage and Family Therapists
and Independent Marriage and Family Therapists in April 2003.
Copies of the Law and Rules are available on the web site under
th elink laws and regulations on the left side of this web page.
MFT bill signed into law January 7, 2009
Governor Strickland signed House Bill 427 into law on January
7, 2009, which makes the bill effective April 7, 2009. The
bill gives MFTs the right to diagnose and treat mental and
emotional disorders. The bill also makes changes that give
the Marriage and Family Therapist Professional Standards Committee
of the CSWMFT Board equal rights with the counselor and social
worker committees. The Board has rules to implement this change
see Laws and Rules page of this web site. Here is a link to
The Department of Mental Health is working on rule changes
to add MFTs to the authorization rules for reimbursement by
the state. Once those rules are in place and the FEDs approve
the change, MFTs will be eligible to work at mental health
agencies reimbursed by the state.