Executive Director and CEO (ex-officio)

Joel Miller


Joel E. Miller, M.S. Ed., is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. He leads over 7,200 clinical mental health counselors who play a critically important impact on the lives of Americans with behavioral health conditions. AMHCA’s mission is to enhance the mental health counseling profession through advocacy, professional development, education and licensing.

Mr. Miller is 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 its Advocate newsletter. He also serves as a member on the AMHCA Foundation Board of Directors.

In his previous position at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), he led the development and implementation of NASMHPD’s policy agenda and regulatory strategies, which were designed to support State Behavioral Health Agencies and the state public behavioral health systems.

At the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mr. Miller led NAMI’s State Policy team and Public Policy Institute, dedicated to improving the financing and delivery of mental health services at the state level for people with mental illness, and addressing mental health issues across the lifespan.

He has published over 50 articles and reports on behavioral health and health care delivery and financing, new delivery models aimed at integrating mental health and physical health, health care reform strategies, Medicare and Medicaid policy, health workforce issues, and information technology implementation.

Mr. Miller earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and his master’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.