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Earn CEs Through AMHCA's New Webinar Series 
on Practice Management Strategies

As part of a new, year-long webinar series, The Advocate Business of Private Practice columnist—Deb Legge, PhD, CRC, LMHC—will present AMHCA webinars on private practice management strategies every other month. The first webinar will be on May 22, on "Compliance and Workflow Strategies: Top Tips to Protect Your Practice and Your License.

Earn 1 CE for every hour-long webinar. Registration opens May 5. 

For more information about the webinars, call Whitney Meyerhoeffer at 1-800-326-2642, ext. 108, or visit AMHCA's website. (Register for the May 22 webinar.)

Pew Charitable Trust Newsletter Features AMHCA Report

AMHCA’s report calling for states to participate in Medicaid Expansion continues to draw media attention. The report—“Dashed Hopes, Broken Promises, More Despair: 

How the Lack of State Participation in the Medicaid Expansion Will Punish Americans With Mental Illness”—is the front-page feature article in the April 8, 2014, issue of Stateline, the daily national newsletter of the Pew Charitable Trust. 

“We are pleased that AMHCA’s efforts are bringing needed national attention to the Medicaid Expansion issue,” said Renee Kreithen, AMHCA’s director of chapter relations, communications, and Diplomate Program. “On behalf of the uninsured with mental illness, we will continue to press on and expose those states that refuse to accept Medicaid Expansion.” 

Newsweek, KaiserHealth News
, and Yahoo News all posted articles about the report, and several health policy analysts wrote favorable online articles, including Reid Wilson of The Washington Post. Read about national press coverage generated by the report in the April issue of The Advocate.

Read the Stateline article about AMHCA’s report.

AMHCA Issues 2nd Brief on Implementing 
the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

AMHCA’s latest issue brief for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)—the second of eight—is on mental health and primary care integration. The report was written by AMHCA Executive Director and CEO Joel E. Miller for NASMHPD as part of a consulting project, along with Stuart Yael Gordon, NASMHPD’s director of policy and healthcare reform.

Main sections of this latest report, “The Role of Integrated Service Delivery Models in Addressing the Needs of Adults and Children with Behavioral Health Conditions,” include the following main sections:

  • Introduction
  • Health Homes
  • Use of Health Homes for Children with Serious Behavioral Health Conditions—Issues and Challenges
  • Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
  • Other Service Delivery Reforms
  • Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs)—The Future Is Now
  • A Word on Health Information Technology
  • Taking Integration to the Next Level
  • Opportunities for State Behavioral Health Agencies (SBHAs)

Download the full report at no charge from the NASMHPD website. 

Download the first report in the series, on “Strategies to Enroll Uninsured People with Mental Health Conditions under the Affordable Care Act.”. 

Two additional issue papers have been completed and are now going though the review process. These are on, “Preventing Mental Illness and Mental Health Promotion,” and “Health Information Technology and Care Coordination.”

Attention 2013–2014 Diplomate Awardees!

Have you made your awards luncheon reservation yet? If you have received the Diplomate award since AMHCA’s July 2013 Annual Conference, we would like to acknowledge your accomplishments. Diplomate awardees will be recognized at the awards luncheon at the AMHCA Annual Conference in Seattle on July 11. 

Those who have been notified that they have been awarded the Diplomate credential, along with a guest, are welcome to attend the awards luncheon at the AMHCA Annual Conference in Seattle—even if they don’t attend the conference. Please take the opportunity to be recognized with your fellow Diplomate awardees. AMHCA is extending the discounted early-bird price for the luncheon—for award-winners only—through June 18. This price is not available online!

If you are an award winner and would like to purchase a discounted ticket for the awards luncheon, you must call the conference information line at 877–743–5312. Call this number if:

  • You are an award winner and won’t be attending the conference, but would like to purchase tickets for the awards luncheon only;
  • You are an award winner and you have already registered for the conference online, but have not purchased any tickets for the awards luncheon, and now would like to purchase tickets to attend the luncheon; or
  • You are an award winner and you are planning to attend the conference and have not yet registered, but want to register online (you can register online, but need to call so that the award lunch price can be adjusted).

If you have any questions, please contact Renee Kreithen at: or 800/326-2642 x104.

To attend the conference July 10-12, 2014, in Seattle, register by June 25 for thebest rates:

  • Reserve your room at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel—call 1-800-546-9184, and mention the AMHCA group rate, which is available through June 19 or until the room block fills.
  • For information about the conference, to download the full conference schedule, or to register online,, or call 877-743-5312 .


April Issue of JMHC Features “Mental Health in Primary Care”

Special issues of JMHC—both upcoming and recently published—bring an in-depth focus to issues important to clinical mental health counselors. 

The April issue of the 
Journal of Mental Health Counseling is a special issue of the quarterly journal that AMHCA members receive as a benefit of membership. The issue’s topic is “Mental Health in Primary Care.”

“I believe that this special issue on mental health in primary care settings is related to a new, important area of research and practice relevant to all clinical mental health counselors, “said Lisa Hooper, PhD, guest editor of the issue. Hooper is the Paul W. Bryant Professor at the University of Alabama in the Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, & Counseling. 

The issue contents include Hooper’s article on “Mental Health Services in Primary Care: Implications for Clinical Mental Health Counselors and Other Mental Health Providers,” as well as articles on:

  • “Integrated Health Care Best Practices and Culturally and Linguistically Competent Care: Practitioner Perspectives,”
  • “Behavioral Health Training Is Good Medicine for Counseling Trainees: Two Curricular Experiences in Interprofessional Collaboration,”
  • “Integrated Primary Care: Why You Should
  • Care and How to Get Started,”
  • "Variables Associated With High Caregiver Stress in Patients With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer’s Disease: Implications for Medical and Mental Health Providers in a Co-Located Memory Assessment Clinic,”
  • "Lessons Learned From Designing and Leading Multidisciplinary Diabetes Educational Groups,” and
  • "Cultural Competency, Culturally Tailored Care, and the Primary Care Setting: Possible Solutions to Reduce Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care.”

To comment on the special issue on trauma, email Lisa Hooper at lhooper@bamaed. 

Members and subscribers can download the issue—and all JMHC issues—at no extra charge

Find out more about JMHC.

AMHCA Award Nominations Are Due May 23—Nominate a Peer, a State Chapter, or Yourself!

The Member Services Committee invites all AMHCA members to submit nominations for an individual in one of several categories as well as nominations for AMHCA state chapters (both large and small chapters) that have made outstanding progress in the last year. Visit AMHCA’s website for a complete description of this year’s Awards categories.

Winners of AMHCA awards will be recognized at the Annual Awards luncheon in Seattle this year at AMHCA’s Annual Conference.

Nominations now accepted by email or U.S. mail. Email nominations with required documentation to Melissa McShepard,, or mail to AMHCA, Attn: Melissa McShepard, 801 N. Fairfax St., Suite 304, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Friday, May 23, 2014, is the deadline for nominations. Visit AMHCA’s website for details onsubmission requirements.

Whitney Meyerhoeffer Joins AMHCA’s Staff

A grad student currently completing two graduate certificates—in Public Administration and Project Management—from the University of Virginia, Whitney Meyerhoeffer began working at AMHCA earlier this year as the programs and membership associate. 

She hopes to become a certified Project Management Professional later this year and eventually earn her master’s and/or PhD in Public Administration.

Following is her Q&A with the Advocate.

The Advocate:  Where did you work before AMHCA? 

Whitney Meyerhoeffer: After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish, I participated in the Americorps National Preparedness and Response Corps.  For the past two years I have been working as the volunteer coordinator for a hospice organization. 

The Advocate: What do you work on at AMHCA? 

Whitney Meyerhoeffer: At AMHCA I do a variety of different things, from membership data entry to social media. My work on AMHCA’s social media sites involves writing policies for social media and assisting in communications and state chapter relations as well as the Diplomate program. 

I am very interested in public policy and like seeing our government in action, so AMHCA Associate Executive Director and Director of Public Policy Jim Finley has been kind enough to let me accompany him to meetings. I have enjoyed being part of AMHCA's Capitol Hill testimony effort and the Mental Health Liaison Group.

The Advocate: What do you like about working at AMHCA? 

Whitney Meyerhoeffer: So far I have enjoyed learning about association management. Working to 

liaison with different groups and learning which laws affect the clinical mental health counseling profession is very interesting, and I am grateful for the time I get to spend advocating for the profession. I have also been delighted to connect with and help support the membership. 

The Advocate: What else would you like members to know about you? 

Whitney Meyerhoeffer: 
I like to travel and garden often, especially with my boyfriend and dog. I also like to hike, go to wine-tastings, and cook. I am grateful for my position at AMHCA and hope to meet everyone at the Annual Conference in Seattle!

Contact Meyerhoeffer at, or 703-548-6002, ext. 108.