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AMHCA CEO Quoted in Mental Health Weekly

Within one month, from mid-December to mid-January, AMHCA Executive Director and CEO Joel E. Miller was featured or quoted in three issues of Mental Health Weekly, an independent newsletter for mental health professionals that provides news on national trends and developments in funding, policy, prevention, and treatment and research in mental health, reimbursement, and other issues. 

  • In an invited column called “From the Field” for the Dec. 13 issue, Miller noted on page 5 that “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) “has the potential to have a once-in-a-generation transformative impact on people who are suffering with a mental illness and have no health insurance coverage.” The ACA’s “Waterfall Effect” will have “a profound impact on uninsured people with mental illness through four major, comprehensive imperatives,” he wrote. The four imperatives he discussed were: 

1)    The health insurance coverage imperative: Expanding coverage 
2)    The access service imperative: Growing the mental health workforce
3)    The integration service delivery imperative: Redesigning mental health systems, and 
4)    The quality improvement imperative: Implementing evidence-based practices.

  • Miller was also interviewed for a cover story in the Jan. 6 issue on the main mental health stories from 2013. His observations on page 7 related to the Affordable Care Act.
  • On page 5 of the Jan. 13 issue, Miller was one of five Mental Health Weekly readers to “weigh in on some of the challenges and opportunities that await them in 2014.” Miller used the opportunity to note that while the ACA offers an opportunity “to usher in a golden age for the coverage and appropriate treatment of mental health and substance use disorders,” it’s not clear whether this “once-in-a-generation” opportunity will “pass us by.” Leadership and a major commitment in resources will be required to address three challenges, he wrote:
    • Enroll, Enroll, Enroll
    • Expand Medicaid
    • Effectively Deploy the Workforce

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AMHCA’s Kreithen to Handle Chapter Relations and More

Renee Kreithen, previously AMHCA’s programs and membership administrator for 3 1/2 years, has been promoted to director of state chapter relations, communications, and Diplomate Program. She also has experience working for the American Mental Health Counselors Foundation.

“We are excited that Renee will tackle several critically important areas at AMHCA,” said Joel E. Miller, executive director and CEO of AMHCA. “Our goal is to significantly strengthen our relationships with our state chapters around the country, and address the needs of chapters in their advocacy work on many levels. Renee’s experience with AMHCA state officials over the last few years will serve her very well in this new position.”

Kreithen also will be responsible for overseeing communications at AMHCA, including social media. “Renee will have an opportunity to better position the organization   through the various media platforms at our disposal. Our goal is to substantially ramp up the visibility and increase the recognition of the clinical mental health counseling profession and the contributions the profession makes to our society by helping people who are struggling with mental illness,” Miller noted. 

“Renee’s proficiency in the social media area will enable AMHCA to take advantage of new ways to communicate the attributes of clinical mental health counselors to several audiences in the public and private sector,” he added.

Kreithen will also continue to oversee AMHCA’s Diplomate Program, a credentialing initiative created two years ago to enhance the stature of individual clinical mental health counselors and increase the prominence of the profession.

Prior to her work at AMHCA, Kreithen founded and directed a nonprofit arts organization for children that achieved national recognition. 

Next Deadline to Apply  for Diplomate Credential  Will Be March 14

March 14, the deadline for the next cycle of AMHCA’s Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS) credential, is the last opportunity to apply for the DCMHS, until fall 2014.

The DCMHS recognizes both advanced practice and professional clinical expertise in clinical mental health counseling.