COVID-19 Guidance and Best Practices
For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices, licensure waivers, and recommended guidelines, please go to coronavirus.dc.gov.
Closure of Walk In Services
Due to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is implementing a 100% telework policy, and will be available for mail services only. No walk-ins or appointments are allowed. Please submit all applications and supplemental documents via mail to HRLA 1, PO Box 37802, Washington, DC 20013. If you are already in contact with a Health Licensing Specialist (HLS), please forward any documents to said HLS via email.
If you require assistance from the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, please contact Kevin Waugh at [email protected].
In response to COVID-19, DC Health has waived all licensure requirements for practitioners who are licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction. You can read more about the waiver process HERE.
Board Meetings Cancelled
Additionally, all health professional board meetings are cancelled for the month of March. For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, please go to coronavirus.dc.gov.
The DC Board of Marriage and Family Therapy regulates the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy in the District. The Board advises the Mayor and administers and enforces the law. The Board also evaluates qualifications, and recommends standards and procedures. Moreover, the Board issues licenses, receives and reviews complaints, requests investigations, conducts hearings, and issues an annual report. Members must file personal financial disclosure statements.
The Board consists of five DC residents appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the council: four licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and one consumer member. Members must have been in practice for at least three years preceding appointment. The consumer member must be at least 18 years old, not be a health professional or in training to become one, and may have no household members how is involved directly or indirectly in providing health care. The Mayor appoints the chairperson. Licenses expire on 12:00 midnight of December 31 of each even-numbered year.
The Board meets quarterly on the first Tuesday. Please note that meeting dates can change. In 2020, the Board plans to meet on the following dates:
- March 3 (Canceled)
- June 2
- September 1
- December 1
- Marriage and Family Therapy Application Package
- Board Approved Supervisors (to come)
- Marriage and Family Therapy Online Renewal (CLOSED)
- Criminal Background Check
- Board Members
- Policy Statement on Identifying Public Health Issues for Continuing Education
- Telecounseling Statement [PDF]
- Modification of Face-to-Face Requirements in Client Contact, Supervision, and Continuing Education during the COVID-19 Health Emergency
- File a Complaint
- Disciplinary Action Taken (to come)