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Separation Anxiety...and For Parents Too

We know that separating migrant parents from their children after they enter the United States at the Mexican border is tantamount to child abuse for many children. We know it is an affront to the values that our country was built on. And by the way, to use the Scripture to justify the actions...


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Don't let Congress abandon America's senior citizens!

AMHCA Is Partnering with AAMFT, ABHW, ACA, CAMFT, and NCBH to Provide Medicare Coverage for Licensed Mental Health Counselors As you know, our country is experiencing a terrible crisis as thousands of Americans have become addicted to opioids. Congress is drafting legislation to combat this...


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Advancing High Quality Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Medicare Act and Mental Health Counselor Inclusion

In addition to AMHCA’s legislative strategy on passing bills that will allow clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs) to receive fee-for-service reimbursement from Medicare, we have been pursuing a second strategy or parallel advocacy effort for CMHCs to receive reimbursement through new...


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Congressman Buchanan Introduces Comprehensive Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis Including Ability for Mental Health Counselors to Bill Medicare

Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) announced at a news conference that he is proposing to introduce the Opioid Emergency Response Act . The proposed measure is a combination of seven different bills that have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to address the opioid...


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Advancing High Quality Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Medicare Act and Mental Health Counselor Inclusion

In addition to AMHCA’s legislative strategy on passing bills that will allow clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs) to receive fee-for-service reimbursement from Medicare, we have been pursuing a second strategy or parallel advocacy effort for CMHCs to receive reimbursement through new...


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AMHCA to Co-Sponsor Congressional Briefing on Medicare Legislation

AMHCA is pleased to join the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH) and several other members of our Medicare Coalition to conduct a major briefing for Members of Congress and congressional staff on March 15, 2018 . The briefing will focus on mental health and suicide among the elderly...


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CACREP to Delay 60 Hour Requirement

In 2016, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs ( CACREP) established a requirement that all entry-level counselor preparation programs, regardless of specialty area, consist of a minimum of 60 semester credit hours or 90 quarter credit hours. The...


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Major Federal Committee Endorses Medicare Recognition of CMHC’s

The Federal Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) recommended today that exclusions should be removed that disallow payment to mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists within Medicare and other federal health benefit programs. AMHCA...


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Addressing the Opioid Crisis through Medicare Recognition of Mental Health Counselors

This week, Representative Richard Neal (D-MA-1) has introduced H.R.4097 -- The Medicare Beneficiary Opioid Addiction Treatment Act. The new House bill would require Part D coverage of medication assisted treatment (MAT), including sub-oxone and buprenorphine for seniors with opioid...


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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...