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Advocate: July/August 2014
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ASCENT PROGRAM POSITIONS CMHCS IN NEW MENTAL-HEALTH AND PRIMARY-CARE INTEGRATION INITIATIVES

By Joel E. Miller   AMHCA is pleased to announce a bold new initiative to engage and assist members on mental health and physical healthcare integration through the AMHCA Strategic Counselor Engagement and Network Technology program—the ASCENT program. 
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IOM REPORT CHALLENGES DOD AND THE VA TO DEMONSTRATE EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR PTSD TREATMENT PROGRAMS

The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should track the outcomes of treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) provided to service members and veterans and develop a coordinated and comprehensive strategy to do so, says a new congressionally mandated report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). 
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COLUMN: THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Stephen A. Giunta, PhD,   In Steven Spielberg’s film, “Saving Private Ryan,” Captain John Miller, played by Tom Hanks, when forced to deal with the extraordinary consequences of other people’s decisions, comments to his sergeant, “Things have taken a turn for the surreal.” 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By James Finley   House and Senate conferees began meeting recently to begin negotiations aimed at reconciling each chamber’s Veterans Affairs reform bills (S.2450/HR.4810). The big controversy is over costs and how to find funding to pay for a major expansion of veterans’ care and providers. 
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

By Deb Legge, PhD,   Don’t miss the chance to put your expertise to work for you and for your community. There are times when television stations, radio stations, local and regional newspapers, local magazines, schools, churches, and other places that provide information to the people of your community need you!
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

By Geoff Koehler   Women with chronic physical illnesses are more likely to use mental health services than men with similar illnesses, and they also seek out mental health services six months earlier than those same men, according to new study from Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).
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NOTEWORTHY

The profession of “mental health counselor” has the dubious distinction of being No. 4 of the 15 professions described in a June CNN Money article about jobs that are highly stressful relative to the level of pay. 
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STUDENT CORNER

By April Krowel,  I would like to thank AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee (GSC) members for their enthusiasm and dedication to the committee and the students’ voices they represent. This committee cannot function without its members, so I would like to personally thank each person who served on the committee this year:
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RISK MANAGEMENT

By Richard S. Leslie, JD   What disclosures should a pre-licensed person make in advertisements? What disclosures must be made? Who should pay for such advertising—the pre-licensed person or the employer? Whose business is being advertised?
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