We have updated the Trackyourhours California MFT version of our software to incorporate the new 2012 regulations.
What are the new regulations?
As of January 1, 2012, Progress/Process Notes and Client Centered Advocacy have been combined into a single category with a maximum of 500 hours permitted. Any hours gained in these two categories prior to January 1 in excess of the total are still valid as long as they are within the pre-2012 rules, but any hours gained after January 1 which are in excess of the 500 hour limit will not be valid toward your requirements. So you still can only count up to 250 Notes hours pre-2012, but you may be able to accumulate more Notes hours in 2012. Confusing? Yes, we know.
Additionally, the maximum allowable number of hours for Non-Counseling Experience has been decreased from 1,250 to 1,000. Similar to the categories above, any hours gained prior to January 1 in excess of 1,000 will still be valid, but any hours gained after January 1 which are in excess of the limit will not be valid toward your requirements.
How do the new regulations affect my valid total?
If your valid totals show more than 1000 non-counseling hours or more than 500 hours of combined progress notes and client-centered advocacy, you will likely see your valid total decrease by some or all of that excess amount. Hours may increase as well. Increases or decreases will depend on how much of your hours were gained after January 1.