Master's Level Therapists Pilot (Mental Health Services)
Public Hearing on Proposed Rules
Thursday, September 7, 2023
To join on your computer or mobile app:
Meeting ID: 936 165 5337
To join by phone (audio only):
253-215-8782 US (Tacoma)
Find your local number: https://lni-wa-gov.zoom.us/u/kdFrdfe0fg
The hearing will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until all oral comments are received.
L&I encourages the submittal of written comments, due by 5:00 p.m. on September 7, 2023.
The purpose of this rulemaking is to allow master’s level therapists (MLTs) to treat injured workers. Labor & Industries initiated a pilot on January 1, 2020, to determine how MLTs can best be incorporated into the workers’ compensation setting and learned adding this provider type significantly expanded worker access to care. The pilot has shown increased worker access to mental health services, both in rural and urban areas. Providers are generally satisfied with the pilot, demonstrated by pilot participant surveys used to gauge program quality. The proposed rule adds MLTs to L&I’s list of providers who can provide mental health services to injured workers.