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New AMHCA Member Category Benefits Students

Effective July 1, AMHCA will extend student membership dues for two years post-graduation, creating the new category “professional associate.” 

The professional associate category will give new graduates access to low AMHCA student dues rates for two additional full years, with all the AMHCA benefits. This new category will replace the former “student—extended ” category.

AMHCA recognizes the current difficult job market and has established this category to support our valued professional associates in getting off to a strong start with their new careers.

The professional associate membership category applies to both master’s and doctoral degrees. For information or questions, please contact AMHCA’s membership office at, or 1-800-326-2642, x103. 

Third Public Comment Period Opens for Revisions of DSM–5

The American Psychiatric Association posted its final major revisions of the DSM–5 on Tuesday, May 1. The public is invited to submit comments until June 15. 

AMHCA encourages all of its members to review the new draft and to make their voices heard. To comment, first register as a participant.

AMHCA members may also send their comments to the AMHCA DSM–5 Task Force, which will be submitting remarks on behalf of the association. Please send comments to the task force chair, Gary G. Gintner, PhD, at

An associate professor at Louisiana State University and a past AMHCA president, Gintner was quoted in the May 21 issue of Mental Health Weekly about the work of AMHCA’s DSM–5 Task Force.

New National Plan Created to Treat and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease by 2025

A new, national plan to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025 that was released on May 15 “is a national plan and not a federal plan,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “It will require the active engagement of public and private sector stakeholders to achieve. In the case of many of the long-range goals, the path forward will be contingent on resources, scientific progress, and focused collaborations across many partners.” 

The plan was required by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, legislation that passed the House and the Senate unanimously in 2010.

An estimated 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to the suffering it causes, Alzheimer’s costs the United States $183 billion a year, primarily in nursing home and other long-term care costs. This figure will only increase as the Baby Boom generation ages. 

The national plan includes:

  • Education and outreach to improve the public’s understanding of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Outreach to enhance healthcare providers’ knowledge of the disease
  • Expanded support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and caregivers in the community
  • Improved data collection and analysis to better understand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on people with the disease, families, and the healthcare and long-term care systems

The plan also includes a detailed listing of current federal activities related to Alzheimer’s and initial recommendations for priority actions to expand, eliminate, coordinate or condense programs.

Read the full “National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.”

New ‘Prior Acts’ Coverage Available From MHCA’s Insurance Partner

CPH & Associates, AMHCA’s partner in providing professional liability insurance, is now offering Prior Acts coverage. Also known as a “nose,” Prior Acts coverage will extend protection for certain claims reported in the future under a new occurrence form policy. This coverage is available to applicants with expiring Claims Made policies, and protection will date back to the retroactive date of an expiring policy.

Until now, practitioners interested in switching from a Claims Made policy to Occurrence Coverage have had to purchase an Extended Reporting Period, or “tail,” from Claims Made insurance provider. This was necessary to continue to protect the previous policy period for claims reported after the expiration date.

”We heard from many practitioners who were finding the available Extended Reporting Period options to be prohibitively expensive,” said Phil Hodson, CPH & Associates founder and president. 

“We believe Occurrence Coverage is superior to Claims Made, so we worked with our underwriters to provide an affordable solution for the coverage people want,” Hodson said.

Prior Acts coverage with CPH & Associates requires a one-time fee of $175 in addition to the applicant’s professional liability premium for the new policy. New applicants must have no gaps in coverage to be eligible for Prior Acts.

CPH & Associates specializes in insurance for healthcare and social service professionals and works exclusively with insurance carriers with an A (excellent) rating or better from A.M. Best Company.