Public Resources

Standards for the Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Adopted 1979
Revised 1992, 1993, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2015, 2016

AMHCA members are highly skilled professionals who provide a full range of counseling services in a variety of settings. Members believe in the dignity and worth of the individual and make every reasonable effort to protect human welfare. To this end, AMHCA establishes and promotes the highest professional standards. 

Code of Ethics

Mental health counselors subscribe to and pledge to abide by the principles identified in the Code of Ethics.

The Professional Identity of Clinical Mental Health Counselors

An AMHCA White Paper By Dr. Mark Gerig 

Many clinical mental health counselors already possess the training and experience in the promotion of wellness, a key component in successful integrated systems. The assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders are understood from a mental health perspective. Clinical mental health counselors are trained to assist clients towards achieving optimal human functioning and away from emotional and mental distress.

2016 - 2017 Annual Report

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The past year at AMHCA has been a whirlwind of challenges and triumphs. Take a look at our accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2016-17 in a month by month journey through a year at our hardworking organization. 

Dashed Hopes; Broken Promises; More Despair

By Joel E. Miller

A new, groundbreaking study shows that nearly 4 million people with mental illnesses who are uninsured reside in the 25 states that have refused to participate in the Medicaid Expansion program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Many of these individuals have severe mental health conditions and currently have no health insurance coverage through any public or private plan, but will be denied the opportunity to obtain coverage for treatment since those states have refused to participate. States declining Medicaid Expansion represent 55 percent of all uninsured people with major mental health disorders who are eligible for coverage in the new health insurance access initiative.

Access Denied

Prepared by Joel E. Miller, James K. Finley, Rebecca Gibson and Whitney Meyerhoeffer

A new groundbreaking study from the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) shows that nearly 570,000 people diagnosed with a serious mental health condition, would have received affordable, needed treatments, but were denied access to services because several states refused to participate in the new Medicaid Expansion Program. The federal government would have paid 100 percent of the treatment costs; the monies were already included in the federal budget. The comprehensive study also highlights that 458,000 fewer people would have avoided a depressive disorder mainly by securing health insurance through the Medicaid Expansion Program.