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AMHCA Saddened by Marysville School Shooting

Tuesday, October 28, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Whitney Meyerhoeffer
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The American Mental Health Counselors Association Deeply Saddened by Marysville School Shooting

Alexandria, VA. – The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is deeply saddened by the recent school shooting in Marysville, Washington. Our thoughts are with the families of victims, the student body, teachers and administrators as well as the community while they recover from this terrible tragedy.

Although the motive behind this particular incident is not clear, we can be sure that the experience of this trauma, regardless of the motive, will weigh heavy on the hearts of those in Marysville for years to come. We recognize that it will be a lengthy healing process for the community.

At times like these we begin to rethink key policies that have the ability to prevent such horrifying incidents. By addressing a few prevailing issues, we can educate policymakers that prevention strategies are imperative and must happen now.

AMHCA believes that working in four important areas will help to reduce the number of these tragedies and will move our communities to healthier and safer levels.

  1. More Funding: Lack of funding for mental health and substance abuse services has left many families without badly needed care.
  2. Better Access: Mental health and substance services must be integral to health care to ensure necessary attention to all patient needs. Clinical Mental Health Counselors currently provide what care they can to communities; however, Medicare and Medicaid mustcover our services for us to fully serve the community. CMHCs are ready and waiting to help those in need.
  3. Support Communities: School and community-based programs that promote mental health and provide early interventions must be implemented in order for communities to recognize issues and recover from heartbreaking tragedies.
  4. Promote Crisis Intervention: Creating and promoting crisis services and partnerships between mental-health professionals should be a regular occurrence.

Our deepest sympathies go out to all those affected by this most recent event. Along with your support, AMHCA will continue to push for new ways of addressing mental health in America.

Read more of AMHCA's Efforts:
2013 Letter to Vice President Biden

Facilitating Pathways to Mental Health Treatment for Those in Crisis,
By Joel E. Miller

Learn more about Mental Health First Aid

The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has 7100 members and works to enhance the profession of mental health counseling through education, licensure, advocacy and professional development.

Clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs) are primary mental health providers (PMHPs) who offer high-quality, comprehensive, integrative, cost-effective services across the lifespan. Uniquely qualified licensed clinicians, CMHCs are trained to provide mental health assessment, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. CMHCs promote wellness and human development through early intervention and personal empowerment.