Most people that have earned their CMHC license in Utah would likely agree that they feel like they are at a bit of a disadvantage professionally. Undeniably, the CMHC’s have struggled to establish their presence and their identity in the mental health communities. The Legislative and Public Policy Committee (LPPC) at UMHCA is the committee that is engaging in the leg work that will help the CMHC’s establish professional equity with their professional peers. We continue to find the rules and codes that were written before the CMHC’s became established. We’re actively working to address those rules and codes and are petitioning to have them changed so that the CMHC’s won’t have to remain on the fringes perpetually.
The fact of the matter is, nobody cares about the success of the CMHC professionals more than those that hold that license. If UMHCA doesn’t spearhead and tackles these tasks, nobody will. Our profession won’t advance if we are not actively engaging in efforts to ensure our success. What we want and need others to understand is that there are complicated processes involved and we are working to establish a system that will help us address these discrepancies with the most effectiveness and efficiency as possible. Our goal is to establish ourselves as a virtual powerhouse when it comes to legislation and public policy. Our goal is to establish a routine approach that consists of:
Most CMHC’s are not aware that we, as an organization, have been directly affected by the failure to address these discrepancies in the rules and codes with child custody evaluations. When the original code was written, it did not explicitly include our license. A family commissioner made the ruling that CMHC’s could not perform this duty because we were not directly specified being able to do this even though we are certainly just as qualified as an LCSW or an LMFT. We have been working for at least two and a half years to get the ruling changed. Even though the process has been difficult and frustrating, it has provided some invaluable lessons. We have learned that we must be proactive in addressing these issues before we are forced to go the long route and go through the Utah supreme court.
UMHCA is working to establish itself as the main governing body when it comes to the CMHC profession. The LPPC committee is working on the issue with child custody evaluations and a few others:
We are also aware that members of the professional community have many more items of concern and importance to them but the truth is that we have limited levels of personal engagement, we just don’t have enough people to help us do the needed leg work. We are in need of those that are interested in being involved in these issues and want to extend an invitation for professionals who are interested in advancing their careers and their experience by getting involved with the LPPC. We need individuals to help us:
By improving our legitimacy in the mental health communities, we can better serve our populations.
Scott M Carter, CMHC
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