American Mental Health Counselors Association
The only organization working exclusively for the mental health counseling profession
AMHCA testifies
in Congress
on March 26
Edgerson addresses Medicaid Expansion, access to Medicare mental health care providers.

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AMHCA Testifies to Congress on Medicaid Expansion, Access to Medicare Mental Health Providers

AMHCA testified on March 26 before a Congressional panel that the new Medicaid expansion program can address the access needs of millions of uninsured people with mental health conditions, but 25 states are balking at participating in the initiative. Medicare must also be modernized to include the professional services of clinical mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists.

Call for Award Nominations: Nominate a Peer or State Chapter for an AMHCA Award

Every year, AMHCA honors those individuals and state chapters who have made achievements above and beyond the ordinary. Members are invited to submit nominations; the deadline is May 23.

4 Million Uninsured People With Mental Illness Will Be Denied Health Insurance Because Their Home States Refuse to Participate in the ACA Medicaid Expansion Program

A new, groundbreaking study shows that nearly 4 million people with mental illnesses who are uninsured reside in the 25 states that have refused to participate in the Medicaid Expansion program under the Affordable Care Act. Read details and download the study report.

AMHCA Testifies Before Congress on Medicaid Expansion, Counselor Coverage Under Medicare

AMHCA Director-at-Large LaMarr Edgerson, PsyD, testified March 26 on behalf of AMHCA. “Opportunities to testify before key congressional committees are rare, and witness slots are highly coveted,” said AMHCA CEO Joel Miller. The congressional panel was considering the adequacy of the nation’s hospital emergency department services for psychiatric patients. AMHCA sought to redirect the attention to the adequacy of prevention and early intervention services for those with behavioral health needs.

SAMHSA Survey Reveals Trends in Mental Health and Drug Use

Among adults with mental illness who reported an unmet need for treatment, the top three reasons given for not receiving help were that they could not afford the cost, thought they could handle the problem without treatment, or did not know where to go for services, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report. Highlights of the annual survey also include which mental health professionals troubled people see.

Annual Conference 2014: Annual Leadership Training

AMHCA's Leadership Training is a great way to grow your chapter's leadership ... or as AMHCA President-Elect Stephen Giunta puts it, "Find them, feed them, and put them to work." This year's Leadership Training for emerging and established leaders provides a day and a half of training, and sessions that enable chapter leaders to learn from each other about what works—and what doesn't.

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