James Blundo

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James Blundo


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I have dedicated my career to the counseling profession. As a former president of AMHCA I know the regional and national needs of counselors. I have several ideas to increase membership and innovative ideas to consider. As an Association we should be at least 50,000 strong. Instead we are less than 7000 members. I am ready to help change this.

My presentation at the AMHCA Leadership Conference spells out my expertise. The breakout session was titled “The Michigan Model” It is a guide to develop a strong and viable state association. The states need to be promoted and developed if we are to spread our sphere of influence. I want to share my many years of experience both as a private practice counselor and as the founder, president, and now Executive Director of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association.

Forty years of experience as a counselor
Thirty-five years in private practice
Former school counselor
Co-Director of a Substance Abuse Program
Therapist in an Out-Patient Psychiatric Clinic

Specialize in the treatment of couples, teenagers, 20-somethings, pioneered the treatment of trauma survivors using Reattachment Therapy. Co-founder of Reattachment Therapy, Expert in the education and treatment of Adult Children of Alcoholics

Executive Director of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association and the Michigan Mental Health Providers Association

Founder (1983) of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association (MMHCA)

Provide organizational development consulting services to nonprofits, and health related corporations

Created the “Michigan Model” for mental health counselors to develop their state associations.

Created the “Bridging Initiative” designed for students to transition from student to MMHCA member.

Host Networking Breakfasts monthly across Michigan. Speakers include our lobbyist, local legislatures, Blue Cross Consultants on how to navigate reimbursement.

Helped lead the passage of the Michigan LPC license 1989

Passed a powerful new law supported by 100% of the Legislature and the Governor that protects our Scope of Practice including diagnosis, psychotherapy, testing and improved our options for portability.
Public Act 96 of 2019

Negotiated with Blue Cross to gain direct reimbursement for LPC’s

Worked with government agencies and legislators to create greater access to mental health services

Had Senator Stabenow support mental health Parity and including LPC’s as core providers in the Medicare legislation being considered presently

Hold or host a variety of workshops for Counselors and Social Workers. Human Trafficking, DSM5. Private Practice, Ethics, Legal Issues, BCBSM Reimbursement, Unintended Self Sabotage, Trauma Recovery, Life Coaching, Integrated Care.

President of the American Mental Health Counselors Association 2004-05
Represented AMHCA on the ACA Governing Council 2005-08

GOALS
Make Counselors the gold standard in treatment delivery.
Increase regional involvement in the expansion of AMHCA membership.
Advance the Mission and Vision of Mental Health Counseling
Create a living wage for all counselors

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES
Founded: “Five Star Connection” Social and dance club for 55 year old’s and up, and includes educational programs for seniors

Founded: Rochester Outreach For Kids “ROCKit” Provide winter coats, reading programs including grants from RIF, little libraries, clothes, bicycle helmets, prom dresses It’s all for kids in need.

Ambassador for Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Attend ribbon cuttings and local events. Network with businesses and organizations regularly.