I am a therapist who works with youth in the New Jersey system of care, providing counseling and crisis intervention. Sometimes, the children and families I work with need specific interventions or treatment modalities that I’m not trained to offer. In those cases, I refer the cases to five superb clinicians who pick up the work as independent contractors.
What will happen if S863 (formerly S4204/A5936) becomes law: I will no longer be able to refer specialty cases to the independent contractors who can provide the best forms of therapy. That will be a real detriment to the children of New Jersey who need this kind of help.
Lawmakers, please: Reconsider this proposal. It will destroy the independent therapist community all across New Jersey.