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Free Webinar: Get the Answers You Need About Healthcare Reform

AMHCA’s free webinar on “Medicare and Obamacare Challenges for the Profession” is available online. 

Hosted by Deb Legge, PhD, CRC, LMHC, AMHCA's "Businss of Private Practice" columnist and the founder of, the webinar covers the challenges that Accountable Care Organizations pose to the profession as healthcare reform reshapes practice opportunities. The webinar also presents ideas on ways to position yourself to form strategies for advocacy action as well as placement of your practice in your local market.

For more information about how healthcare reform will affect clinical mental health counselors, see the three-part Advocate series:

  • Part One, “Lost in the Shuffle: Implications of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Market Reforms and State Health Insurance Marketplaces,” ran in the October issue.
  • Part Two, “The Waterfall Effect: The Impact of the New Medicaid Expansion Program on Access to Health Insurance and Quality Care for People with Mental Health Conditions,” appeared in the November issue.
  • Part Three, “New Care Delivery and Payment Models Under Healthcare Reform: Implications for Clinical Men-tal Health Counselors,” leads off this issue.
AMHCA Makes Veterans Day Appeal to Help Restore Troops to Physical—and Mental—Wholeness

To mark Veterans Day and pay tribute to the nation’s military veterans, AMHCA Executive Director & CEO Joel E. Miller on Nov. 11 issued a “call to arms” to members of Congress.

Troops “need much more than the usual tributes and lip service about how much a grateful nation appreciates their sacrifice,” Miller wrote. “Our members of Congress need to … help reintegrate veterans with mental health conditions into their families, their communities, and the workplace. 

To make good on our assertion that we value our soldiers’ service to our country, we need to:

  • Recognize the mental harm that combat can cause,
  • Reduce stigma by regarding war-related, mental health injuries as wounds of war, and
  • Ensure reliable access to mental health treatment.

Not only can we save lives and improve health with the right investments, we can save money. Miller’s article cites the RAND Corporation finding that if all 210,000 untreated veterans with PTSD and/or major depression were to receive evidence-based care, the $481 million investment needed to get the job done (according to RAND) “would result in over $1.2 billion in cost savings, a return on invest-ment of 2.5 to 1 in 2014.”

“Fighting for our veterans by funding key services and programs is a battle we can all win,” Miller concludes.

Next Deadline to Apply for Diplomate Credential Will Be in February 2014

The deadline for the next cycle of AMHCA’s Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS) credential will be in February; the exact date will be posted online by the end of December. The DCMHS recognizes both advanced practice and professional clinical expertise in clinical mental health counseling.

AMHCA is currently accepting online applications from AMHCA members who wish to qualify for the DCMHS.