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Advocate: April 2014
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AMHCA TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS ON MEDICAID EXPANSION, COUNSELOR COVERAGE UNDER MEDICARE

By James K. Finley   AMHCA testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel on March 26, 2014. The panel was considering the adequacy of the nation’s hospital emergency department services for psychiatric patients. 
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SAMHSA SURVEY REVEALS TRENDS IN MENTAL HEALTH AND DRUG USE

Here are a few of the highlights of the annual report issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on drug use and mental health:
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COLUMN: THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Judith Bertenthal–Smith,   As the Beatles sang, “… it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter.” Hopefully, “here comes the sun” and you are emerging into a world where the beauty and hope of spring are outside your door. For me, the cold and nasty weather offered lots of time for reflection in front of a warm fire. 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By James K. Finley   House and Senate consideration of the Medicare “doc fix” legislation took an abrupt detour onto the Road to Confusion the last full week of March, but ultimately Congress produced a bill on March 31, which President Obama is expected to sign shortly. 
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

Deb Legge, PhD   Analyzing risk on an ongoing basis is one of the things we clinical mental health counselors need to do to make sure we are doing the best job to protect our clients’ protected health information. Doing an audit of your practice can help you identify areas of risk and create the best plan of action.
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NOTEWORTHY

AMHCA’s communications wing has been in overdrive for the last several months, getting the word out to mental health counselors about the impact of healthcare reform on the clinical mental health counseling profession. 
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AMHCA FOUNDATION: AMHCF IS YOUR FOUNDATION!

By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD   The birth of the AMHCA Foundation was an important event during my 15-year tenure as executive director & CEO of AMHCA. But as I noted in my final column for The Advocate when I retired from AMHCA last fall, I have continued my interest and support of AMHCA by serving on the Foundation’s board of trustees.
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

New research shows that almost one third of adults with mental illness are likely to be victims of violence within a six-month period, and that adults with mental illness who commit violence are most likely to do so in residential settings. The study also finds a strong correlation between being a victim of violence and committing a violent act.
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STUDENT CORNER

Jade L. H. Letourneau,   If you are like me, you have heard repeatedly in your counseling training about how important self-care is. You have heard how lack of self-care can lead to burnout, poor health, and strained relationships. 
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