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Over the last 15 years the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 828 and H.R. 432) has been introduced in Congress which would codify marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors as approved and recognized providers in the Medicare program in order to receive reimbursement for treating older adults and people who qualify for disability under Medicare with mental health disorders.  Unfortunately, Congress has not passed the legislation although it has received strong consideration in each chamber, but not at the same time.   There has been frustration and impatience as we have seen little movement on our legislation over the last decade, ...
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This is a reminder about the call for proposals for a special issue on of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling on the topic of gender and wellness. Proposals are due May 1; please see below for more information. For question, you can contact the journal Editor at  editorjmhc@amhca.org . We look forward to receiving proposals! The Journal of Mental Health Counseling is seeking manuscripts for a special issue on gender and wellness. We welcome proposal submissions for both empirical and non-empirical (e.g., conceptual, review) manuscripts. Deadlines • Proposal Due (300 to 500 words): May 1, 2022 • Invitation for Full Manuscript: June 1, 2022 • Full ...
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The Advancement for Clinical Practice Committee (ACPC) is looking for AMHCA members with an expertise in the following areas to join subcommittees to develop standards in: Counseling members of the military Counseling couples and families Counseling individuals with developmental and learning disabilities  We are seeking a team of about 4-6 committee members including representation from the ACPC committee and depending on response from the AMHCA membership who have expertise in the one of the three topics.    If this is your area of expertise please fill out the form by Sunday, May 15th: https://airtable.com/shrlu0MDaVL9OBWsa #AMHCANew ...
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With the adoption of the Counseling Compact, Maine has become the 7th state to join. AMHCA thanks the Maine Mental Health Counselors Association for a job well done!  http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1920&PID=1456&snum=130&sec3 #AdvocacyUpdates #Advocacy
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AARP was among several organizations last November that supported the passage of the Mental Health Access Improvement Act as part of their statement they submitted to the Senate Finance Committee in response to the RFI on behavioral health policy solutions. In a new article appearing in AARP’s Medicare Resource Center on “ Older Adults Struggle to Find Affordable Mental Health Care,” the authors included in their summary section “Time for Change” the following statement: “ And the proposed Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2021, introduced in the Senate, would widen the pool of providers that can deliver mental and behavioral mental ...
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As proponents of civil rights and social justice for humankind, AMHCA denounces the violence erupting from the invasion in Ukraine. Unfortunately, lives have been lost and many injured or left homeless. Widespread mourning is evident and some people have encountered barriers in seeking safety. Ukrainian families, adults, and children have been displaced at the same time as the world continues to be traumatized during the COVID-19 pandemic.   It is expected that these events will have long-term effects on the people of Ukraine as well as on Russians and many others around the world. The mental health of the Ukrainians undoubtedly has been affected despite ...
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The AMHCA Bylaws provide the governing structure for the organization. The bylaws are periodically amended to ensure the mission and vision of AMHCA will be fulfilled in a strategic manner.   There are seven proposed amendments to the AMHCA Bylaws that the Board of Directors is recommending. Please follow the link below to review the current bylaws, the proposed revision, and to submit comments.  We encourage comments from members as well as official comments of a group or organization on all aspects of the proposed revisions. The comment period will close August 27, 2021.   You can submit your comments through our online form at https://airtable.com/shrDSLdzOIRJtLrCR ...
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AMHCA is pleased to welcome the 45 th   President of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), Dr. Beverly Smith. Dr. Smith has professional counseling experience in various settings including private practice, public education, corrections, community counseling, and in higher education. She is the owner and principal therapist of BSmith Consulting Group, LLC. Dr. Smith is an adjunct professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University teaching Psychopathology & Diagnosis, Cultural Perspectives in Counseling, and Ethics. She is a proud two-time graduate of Tuskegee University (B.S.-Biology, M.Ed.-Counseling & Higher ...
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Alexandria, VA – The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has announced that he will be retiring effective July 9, 2021.   Joel E. Miller, M.S. Ed., has led over 7,000 clinical mental health counselors who play a critically important impact on the lives of Americans with behavioral health conditions since 2013. Mr. Miller has been responsible for all operations of the organization and implementing strategic initiatives in support of the Board of Directors. He is the publisher of AMHCA’s Journal of Mental Health Counseling and The Advocate Magazine as well as many other research studies, ...
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Thank you CounselingSchools.com and Matt Tyler Zbrog for interviewing AMHCA's Executive Director and CEO for this great article on advocacy leading up to Mental Health Month! Read the full article: https://www.counselingschools.com/blog/mental-health-month-advocacy-guide #mentalhealthcounsleing #mentalhealthmonth #advocacy #mentalhealth #counseling #counselors
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Bipartisan legislation that would include licensed mental health counselors (LMHCs), as well as licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), as Medicare providers, has just been introduced in the United States Senate. The Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2021, S. 828, was introduced in the Senate by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Representative John Katko (R-NY) introduced the companion legislation (HR 432) in January in the House . This bipartisan legislation would require Medicare to finally recognize LMHCs as Medicare-eligible providers of covered behavioral health ...
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First, we hope everyone is safe, warm and healthy.     AMHCA has, again, been faced with a difficult decision this year regarding our conference.    After thoughtful discussion with the Board of Directors and a member survey, we have decided to move our 2021 Conference to a fully virtual experience.      We considered cost, safety, and timing of a virtual event. Our biggest concern was safety, and we took into account current trends in vaccinations across the nation and the world, multiple strains and looking at the safety protocols of Nevada and the hotel specifically. The safety of everyone is our utmost priority. For AMHCA, we believe this ...
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Alexandria, VA – The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has proposed a new portability arrangement that will guide states and Licensure Counseling Boards to best address the needs of people with mental health conditions and mental health counselors around the country.   The new process called the “Counselor Licensure Interstate Portability Endorsement and Reciprocity” (CLIPER) Plan, will allow states to determine the best approach to: Significantly increase public access to qualified care. Establish minimum standards for safe practice. Reduce administrative burdens for state regulatory boards and licensees. Create consistency ...
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Bipartisan legislation that would include licensed mental health counselors (LMHCs), as well as licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), as Medicare providers, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2021, HR 432 , was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Representative John Katko (R-NY). This bipartisan legislation would require Medicare to finally recognize LMHCs as Medicare-eligible providers of covered behavioral health services to older adults and other Medicare beneficiaries. AMHCA would like to thank Representatives Thompson and ...
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There is no doubt that 2020 has been an extraordinary year in many ways. And I know that many of you cannot wait for 2021 to come and put this year behind you. At AMHCA it has been year of adaptation, flexibility, and resilience – and many accomplishments. Each member of our staff team worked so hard to think outside of the box and find creative ways to continue to serve clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs). It has been so inspiring to watch everyone dedicate such tremendous amounts of time and energy to finding solutions to the challenges that came up due to the pandemic. But before I talk about AMHCA and accomplishments on behalf of our ...
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On October 17, 2020, President Trump signed S. 785, which mandates the creation of a federal government classification for mental health counselors and pressures the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase its hiring of the profession. AMHCA is very proud of its leadership role in this tremendous success for the counseling profession. Passage of S. 785 is the most significant legislative accomplishment for mental health counselors since legislation to add the profession to the Minority Fellowship Program in 2011. AMHCA Legislative Affairs consultant,  @David Bergman , posted an  #AdvocacyUpdates  in the  AMHCA community today.  AMHCA lobbying ...
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Today, the House of Representatives approved S. 785, sending a major VA mental health and counseling bill to President Trump for signature.  The bill is the most significant new legislation for the counseling profession in over a decade and a tremendous advancement for mental health counselors working for the federal government, and particularly the Department of Veterans Affairs. AMHCA Legislative Affairs consultant,  @David Bergman , posted an  #AdvocacyUpdates  in the  AMHCA community today.  AMHCA lobbying firm, Bergman Strategies, worked closely with Members and staff from the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees to develop and advance this important ...
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Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved HR 945 in an historic vote supporting Medicare coverage for the counseling profession. While this legislation has passed both the House and Senate twice over the years, never before has the bill been voted on as a standalone measure rather than part of a broader package. AMHCA Legislative Affairs consultant, @David Bergman , posted an #AdvocacyUpdates in the AMHCA community today.   Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr’s (D-NJ) opening remarks described HR 945 as “bipartisan legislation that would improve access to mental health providers in the Medicare program by covering mental ...
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Angele Moss-Baker is the first Black Woman to become President of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) in its 44-year history. She is the owner of Comprehensive Addiction & Psychological Services LLC, in Washington D.C.   Angele is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Master Addiction Counselor, Employee Assistance Counselor-C, and holds the Diplomate, Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders.   She has over 25 years of experience providing behavioral health treatment services to diverse populations.     Moss-Baker will focus on strategy and ...
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AMHCA released a major report today on the number of Americans reporting mental health distress over the last few months.  Please see our new study –  Beyond the Perfect Storm – How Racism, Covid-19, and Economic Meltdown Imperil Our Mental   Health – https://www.amhca.org/publications/reports/beyond-perfect-storm  -- and our press release on the study -- https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-study-shows-more-than-100-million-americans-will-suffer-a-mental-health-disorder-this-year-301116506.html?tc=eml_cleartime   Based on the AMHCA report, nearly 41 percent of adults  nationally  are reporting that they are suffering from a mental health ...
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