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Submitted by @David Bergman The House released its fifth COVID-19 relief package on Tuesday and counselor Medicare language was not included.  While this is a setback, we still have the opportunity to pass of our legislation. At the direction of our congressional champions, AMHCA is now shifting our grassroots advocacy to the Senate. We are urging counselors to take up the charge and contact your Senator to add S. 286 into its COVID-19 package. The Senate timeline is unclear, but they appear on a slower track than the House so there remains time to influence the process. We will not be included in the Senate COVID legislation if U.S. Senators don’t hear ...
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Submitted by @David Bergman The House is developing its next COVID-19 relief package and counselors are urged to contact your Representative in support of including our Medicare legislation (H.R. 945 ) in it. Congress will be working through the weekend to decide what is going into the House legislation so time is of the essence. As previously reported, AMHCA is working closely with our allied organizations from counseling, MFT, and behavioral health clinics to add our language to this upcoming COVID bill. Our sponsors, Representatives Thompson (D-CA) and Katko (R-NY), are fighting hard for inclusion, but we need grassroots advocacy to support the effort. ...
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President Trump signed Economic Stimulus Package 3.5 into law on April 24, as the unemployment crisis deepened, a stark illustration of how federal policymakers continue trying to rescue an unraveling economy. The legislation will restart a small-business loan program that was swamped by early demand last month and allocate more funds for health-care providers and virus testing. Policymakers from both parties are already talking about pursuing more large spending bills to try to contain the pandemic’s economic fallout, but this recent measure could be the last one for at least several weeks as disagreements are emerging between the parties about how much more ...
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On March 28, Governor Gary Herbert signed SB 68, which modifies the clinical mental health counselor licensure requirements. The bill establishes the education requirements for licensure in statute, including a master’s or doctoral degree from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counselor and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or a clinical mental health counseling or equivalent degree that meets defined coursework requirements matching CACREP accreditation. The bill also grants a license to those receiving a master's or doctoral degree from an educational program in rehabilitation counseling accredited by CACREP until July 2022. ...
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The AMHCA Ethics Committee has developed a statement on state portability issues that has been forwarded to state counseling boards and related state agencies and officials.  As an AMHCA member, please contact your state counseling board and state legislators if they reside in the state that does not currently allow transitional sessions to make this AMHCA Ethics Committee statement a reality.     April 2020 Statement by the AMHCA Ethics Committee on “The need for States to offer licensure portability during the COVID-19 pandemic”   The coronavirus crisis has brought to light and created an urgency regarding a long-standing ethical ...
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On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, following U.S. House of Representatives action on the legislation several days earlier. President signed the bill into law immediately. The legislation focuses on the anticipated economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers and includes paid leave guarantees for certain workers, expanded food assistance and unemployment insurance benefits, and employer tax credits, among other measures. The version, however, offers fewer worker benefits and exempts more companies from paid sick leave obligations than the original version passed by the House. The legislation is the ...
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Last Friday, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law . The CARES Act appropriates funding for a number of Americans and their families, small businesses, health care programs and education: Executive Summary $1,200 for every taxpayer making $75,000 per year or less ($150,000 for couples filing jointly) : Taxpayers making between $75,000 and $99,000 per year (and couples over 150,000) will receive smaller direct payments, and those making more than $99,000 per year will not receive a payment. Families will also receive $500 per child. A temporary universal charitable deduction of up to $300: This deduction ...
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Hello AMHCA Members: I hope everyone is doing well given the circumstances.  As we work through this time of uncertainty during this period of COVID-!9, you’re not alone. Uncertainty and the sense of not being safe – not to mention the physical distancing, round-the-clock-news and empty grocery shelves – is common around the country. We’re very mindful of how your email boxes are filled with COVID-19 related messages and we are utilizing our communication channels (website, social media, communities, newsletter, et al) as much as possible to keep from inundating you with too much, while still keeping communication lines open. We are grateful for all that you ...
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During this unique time where your clients may not be able to seek your services in person due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have identified several  resources for locating the laws, rules, and regulations for providing tele-mental health services.  We hope you find these regulations very helpful and informative for providing mental health services from a distance in the state you are licensed or in another state . AMHCA Letter to Health Insurance Industry Associations //higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/AMHCA/UploadedImages/983ec486-ee26-4f43-bb97-680895af340a/Letter_to_Health_Insurance_Industry_Associations__1_.pdf AMHCA Letter to The White House ...
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A recent article in Vox about social distancing points out that the rapid implementation of this overall strategy is necessary to flatten the coronavirus curve and prevent the current epidemic from worsening. But it points out that just as the coronavirus fallout threatens to cause an economic recession, it is also going to cause what we might call a “social recession”: a collapse in social contact that hits hard the populations most vulnerable to isolation and loneliness — older adults and people with disabilities or preexisting medical and mental health conditions such as depression, PTSD, bi-polar disorders, anxiety disorders and panic disorders. VOX: “Coronavirus ...
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COVID-19 is already testing public health systems in countries around the world. If the virus spreads further in the U.S., as appears likely based on recent reports, it will put severe stress on our health care system. This stress will be exacerbated—and could become unmanageable—if federal, state, and local governments fail to acknowledge inherent cognitive biases, which can turn reasonable fear into panic and hysteria. If such panic takes hold, our public health systems could be quickly overwhelmed, thus undermining critically important response efforts to COVID-19. AMHCA has urged the federal government to take steps to address the mental health consequences ...
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New Resource Guide Also Describes Launch of Career Development Recognition Excellence Program Alexandria, VA – The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) announced today the release of a major publication -- “Essentials of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Profession,” offering an inside view of a profession that makes a unique impact on improving both wellness and well-being. Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHCs) are distinctly contributing to the public’s growing awareness that physical wellness is integrated with mental and emotional well-being.   AMHCA supports LCMHCs and is dedicated to advancing the clinical ...
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Each president of AMHCA has an opportunity to select a location and plan a trip during their commitment to the office (President-elect, president, past president). As the current past-president, I have decided to go to Scotland. On May 6th and 7th of 2020, we will be in Edinburgh, Scotland, which for me is a truly magical place. Of course this is a travel opportunity and you may stay as long as you like, but we'd appreciate AMHCA member participation as we visit the University of Edinburgh for planned events. The goal is to have some interchange – learn how they prepare clinical mental health counselors and perhaps understand and compare some of the differences ...
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Alexandria, VA - The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is pleased to announce that now offers qualified mental health counselors (CMHCs) three professional development certifications: Certification – Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialist Certification – Diplomate in Advanced Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practice Certification – Fellow in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education and Research. Since 2012, AMHCA has recognized outstanding professional development through the Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS) program. Since the DCMHS certification began, however, AMHCA saw that some CMHCs gain ...
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Have you ever heard of Taxi Magic ? I doubt it. But I know for a fact you’ve heard of Uber—which is essentially the same thing. It just didn’t execute as well. Uber won at effective execution and is now valued at $76 billion.  Let’s talk about Dominos for a moment. In 2010, Dominos was failing, while their competition was thriving. Why? First of all, their competition was putting out a better product. People didn’t like Dominos pizza! Then, they shared customer complaints with the public that bashed their products: complaints that described their food as “cardboard” and it was “the worst excuse for pizza I’ve ever had.” Dominos needed to execute ...
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Michigan has a new law that protects and strengthens our LPC license. House Bill 4325 passed both the Michigan House and Senate by 100% of the legislators and was signed into law by the Governor on October 29th as Public Act 96 of 2019. When we found out that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) decided to alter our Scope of Practice without the approval of the Board of Counseling, by moving diagnosis, testing and other measures into an educational category, we acted to quickly to mobilize the 10,000 LLPC/LPC’s into action to block the administrative changes that would have likely gone into effect in November of this year and restricted ...
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Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association Michigan mental-health counselors applaud unanimous, bi-partisan support as licensing bill signed into law LANSING, Mich., October 29, 2019 – Michigan mental health counselors applauded as House Bill 4325 sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis) was signed into law today by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  Now Public Act 96 of 2019, the new law ensures Michigan’s licensed professional counselors (LPCs) can continue to provide treatment to hundreds of thousands of residents in need. “This new law will ensure that more than 150,000 Michiganders can still access critical mental health care,” said Governor ...
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I’m guessing that managing a professional sports team is a hard job. And I’m guessing that one of the hardest things a coach does is something they have to often: decide who will and who won’t stay on the team. It’s never fun to let someone go, but it’s part of the job, and it’s important for your customers, clients and even other team members that this part of the job is done well. Now, here are a few “don’ts” which serve as tips for managing your team, learned from painful experiences over the years: 1. Don’t ignore performance. Managers need to set clear performance objectives and then measure employee performance against those objectives. This ...
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The first HIPAA-compliant platform providing clinical supervision through secure video conferencing has teamed up with AMHCA to make the path to licensure easier for professional counselors. NOV. 6, 2019 (ATLANTA) - Motivo , the first platform for online clinical supervision, is proud to announce its partnership with the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) . By partnering with Motivo—a HIPAA-compliant network for connecting therapists to clinical supervisors for live video supervision— AMHCA members seeking licensure can find a supervisor and receive a discount on their first three sessions of supervision .  With the rise of telehealth, ...
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Alexandria, VA - it is with great pleasure to announce that the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has engaged Dave Bergman as a Government Affairs Consultant. Dave spent 10 years at the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) serving as the Chief Government and Strategic Affairs Officer, and previously the Vice President of Legal and External Affairs/Chief Legal Officer.  He developed and implemented NBCC’s federal and state advocacy program, provided strategic direction to the organization, and served as liaison to public and private stakeholders.  He is an expert in behavioral health policy with an in-depth knowledge of counseling ...
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