Legislative Advocacy Fund


2022 GAMFT Legislative Fund



Why legislative advocacy matters

Legislative advocacy is a fundamental aspect of GAMFT’s purpose, mission, and vision for important reasons.

While MFTs have achieved licensure in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, without a strong voice at the state level, our licensure will not be truly recognized as a standalone profession in each state or have parity with the other mental health professions.

It is critical that GAMFT continue to advocate for improvements to the licensure laws and for MFTs to be included in any state program that includes other mental health professionals, such as LPCs and LCSWs.


GAMFT advocates for you and causes across the state

Most critically, our legislative efforts focus on protecting and strengthening your MFT license. We are also proud to support mental health causes that impact individuals, families, and systems throughout the state.

While we have made important progress over the last year to successfully advocate for MFTs’ right to provide for our clients’ safety in a mental health emergency through the authority to utilize the 1013/2013, we have much work yet to be done in Georgia.


To continue this progress, we’re asking for your financial support

A donation to the 2022 GAMFT Legislative Fund is an investment in your license, in your MFT colleagues, and in the people of Georgia we serve. For 2022, your donation will go toward funding the representation at the state capitol that our profession deserves.

Help GAMFT sustain our advocacy and legislative efforts with the experience and credibility needed to advocate for important issues such as:

  • Active collaboration with other agencies to advocate for mental health parity in Georgia through legislative and budgetary initiatives
  • The inclusion of MFTs as professionals eligible to participate in state-based programs that provide student loan forgiveness for providers who meet certain conditions
  • Improvements to portability of the MFT license from state to state
  • The improvement of insurance standards to require parity of disbursement for mental health services equal to other health care costs
  • And the recognition of MFTs as eligible providers by state Medicaid plans

With a donation today, you will be helping us to monitor mental health related legislation in order to both defend against threats to our profession as well as advocate for its advancement  and the overall improvement of mental healthcare in Georgia, each of which is vital to a strong safety net that reaches across urban and rural areas of our state.


Suggested donation levels

Please be a part of this effort at whatever level you can. We ask that you please consider making a donation in the amount of your standard session rate, whether that’s $25 or $250.

Or go above and beyond to donate $1,013 — a nod to our success from last year, now that MFTs can complete life-saving 1013s. No matter the donation amount, we appreciate your generosity and will invest every donation back into protecting and supporting MFTs and the people of Georgia.

By donating to this fund, you are becoming a 2022 partner in our legislative fund. Without you we would not be able to make a difference.

  • Success level – At least $1,013
  • Vision level – At least $500
  • Champion level – At least equal to your fee for one session
  • Leader level – At least $40
  • Inspire level – At least $20


How to donate

To donate via debit card, credit card, or PayPal account, please click the button below or at the top of this page.


To donate by check, please make checks payable to GAMFT and mail to:


3915 Fultondale Circle

Valdosta, GA 31605


A BIG thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

Success level

  • Michael Chafin
  • Trudy Post Sprunk

Vision level

  • George B Templeton

Champion level

  • Abby Culin
  • Adam Albrite
  • Allison Mangone
  • Amanda Hood
  • Andrea Meyer
  • Andrew Benesh
  • Andrew Phillips
  • Anissa Howard Counseling and Psychotherapy Services, LLC
  • Ann Roland
  • Beth Leonarx
  • Bryn Chafin
  • Carl Johnson
  • Dan Upshaw
  • David Blanchard
  • David Hatch
  • Deborah Turner
  • Dr. Shay Speaks, LLC
  • Elaine Gibson
  • Ella Flemister
Champion level (continued)

  • F. Tirrell Andrews
  • Hollis Floyd
  • Jeanne Montgomery
  • Jeanne Reynolds
  • Jen Vann: Cornerstone Family Services, LLC
  • Jennifer Lambert-Shute
  • Judith M Bermudez
  • Kara McDaniel
  • Karen Faulk
  • Karen Shaw Burch
  • Kelly Stephens
  • Ken Cross
  • Margaret McLeroy
  • Marvin Fergus
  • Mary Dean
  • Matt Reynolds, LLC
  • Melanie Thomas
  • Melissa Forschler
  • Michael Williamson
  • Michele Smith
  • Rebecca Holdgrave
  • Ronald Greer
  • Shirley Shani
  • Tequilla Hill
  • Thomas Camp
  • Tommy Hampton, IV

2022 GAMFT Legislative Fund Committee

GAMFT would like to thank all the members of the 2022 GAMFT Legislative Fund Committee for the time and efforts they donate to this important work.

A special thank you to our committee chair, Michael Chafin.

Committee members:

  • David Blanchard
  • Shannon Eller
  • Tommy Hampton
  • John Hill
  • Carl Johnson
  • Jeanne Thiele Reynolds
  • Michele Smith
  • Andrea Meyer Stinson
  • Bowden Templeton
  • Dan Upshaw
If you’d like to get involved or have any questions, please contact office@gamft.org.


Note: Contributions to section 501(c)(6) organizations are not deductible as charitable contributions on the donor’s federal income tax return.