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Gun Violence and Mental Illness: Myths and Evidence-Based Facts

Our hearts go out to the families and friends whose loved on es were killed or injured in the latest shooting in Las Vegas. It is hard to imagine the incredible grief many are feeling. H ow many times are we going to start an article with those words until we address the problem...

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The Changing Behavioral Health Care Workforce Under Health Care Reform: New Opportunities and Roles for Clinical Mental Health Counselors

There has been a widely recognized workforce shortage in the field of behavioral health for many years. It involves both specialty-level providers in mental health and addiction services as well as primary care providers who frequently are needed to respond to the physical health needs of...


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House to Move Mental Health Provisions in Cures Bill

Today the U.S. House is expected to take up the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation to increase funding for NIH research and to fight opioid abuse. President Barack Obama and a broad bi-partisan group of legislators support the bill, which has become very lengthy and potentially a source of...

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Advocacy Update

There’s a lot of talk, but little action taking place in Washington this week as the city shifts to unified GOP leadership for the coming year. Following are some of the key issues AMHCA is tackling. Mental health parity threatened by repeal of the ACA? AMHCA members may recall the...

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A Reminder that We Have a Gun Violence Problem in America

Where has all the discussion gone about gun violence and mental illness these days? Actually it is more a pronouncement than a question. You wouldn’t know from this political primary season that – since the first of the year – we have had 8000 gun violence deaths and rapidly counting. During...

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The New HIPAA - Questions Answered; Advocacy Update January 8, 2016

President's New Gun Rules Alter HIPAA On January 6, 2016 the Department of Health and Human Services issued final rules modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These final rules make explicit that certain HIPAA-covered entities may disclose certain...

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Model Interdisciplinary Collaborative Statewide (Inter-State) Projects in Integrated Medicine

Model Interdisciplinary Collaborative Statewide (Inter-State) Projects in Integrated Medicine Rationale for this Proposal: This proposal is a result of two confluent influences: The first was the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Health...

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Exciting News on Clinical Mental Health Counselors and Integrated Medicine in the State of Michigan- A Paradigm Shift for Clinical Mental Health Counselors to Review and Implement in their Respective States

The Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association (MMHCA) held its 2015 Conference in East Lansing Michigan on the campus of Michigan State University. The conference was entitled: Integrative Care in the Mental Health Field-Applying Theory to Practice. There was a Keynote address by Jim...