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NYMHCA: We are Mental Health Counseling! 

NYMHCA has established a PAC (politcal action committee) so we can make dontaions to legislators' re-election campaigns and in that way alert legislators to the legislative needs and issues of Mental Health Counselors.  All donations to legislative action will go to fund the PAC and help to promote our profession.  To make a donation to the PAC, click on "CLANY" above or contact the NYMHCA office.


NYS Justice Center

LMHC's are mandated reporters for the Justice Center which was created to protect people with special needs who are abused by helping professionals.  The law takes effect on June 30th, 2013, and as mandated reporters we should know how the reporting and investigating process will work.

For this information please read the following document:

Taking the licensure exam?  NYMHCA offers exam prep workshops for individuals or small groups!  Click on the link above for more info!
We should be proud!  The annual number of new LMHC's has steadlily grown as compared with our sister professions.
Approved Regulations for Medicaid based Services  - more announcements to come

Professionals who may administer the Department of Health Complex Trauma Exposure Assessment and Complex Trauma Eligibility Determination. As well as, completing and or collecting Functional Impairment Assessments as outlined in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) guidelines for assessing Complex Trauma and NCTSN list of domain assessment tools. 

Licensed Masters Social Worker, LMSW 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW 
Licensed Psychologist 
Licensed Psychiatrist 
Licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LNPP, 
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT, 
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC 
Pediatrician/Family Medicine Physician or Internist with specialization in Behavioral Health 

Clinicians identified include but are not limited to employees of Licensed/Certified Article 28, 31, 32, 16 clinics.

    New LPHA Flexibility

    OMH has expanded the definition of a "Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts" to include      
    Licensed Mental Health Counselor, which means an individual who is currently licensed as a      
    mental health counselor by the New York State Education Department.

    OMH programs may implement this change immediately in order to benefit from the increased   
    staffing flexibility this change is expected to provide.  PROS regulations will be amended to 
    reflect this change.

   The addition of LMHC's to the list of LPHA's will allow many more LMHC's to be employed in 
   state agencies!  NYMHCA has worked since 2002 to get us on the list, and we are pleased that it  
   finally happened!
Mentoring Program 

Our statewide mentoring program is up and running! Mentees from around the state can now find mentors who might not live close to them but who have expertise and experience that is valuable to a mentees development as a mental health counselors. Those mentors and mentees who belong to their local NYMHCA chapters can meet during chapter meetings/events as well as at other times.

We are in need of mentors!  If you are an experienced professional please consider helping a new grad or new professional to take their place in the profession.

To find out more about becoming either a mentor or mentee, click on the link on the left.  
Have you registered for Convention yet??

Here are some things to remember:

 - March 1st is the early registraton deadline.  Save up to $25 on general registration if you 
   register on or before that date.

 - April 1st is the deadline to reserve your hotel room at the amazing rate of $109 per night at 
   the great Albany Marriott!  Those rooms are reserved very quickly so reserve your room 

 - If you are a NYMHCA chapter member, contact your chapter leaders to find out who is car-
   pooling or otherwise traveling to Convention!

 - Chapters will hold networking breakfasts during Convention.  Just register for the 
   continental breakfast(s) to participate.
Licensure Exam Prep Webinar Workshops

We are pleased to announce that we are offering periodic licensure exam preparation webinars!  The webinars will be taught by Sarah Noel, an experienced licensure exam preparation workshop and webinar presenter.  Check the Exam Prep Workshop Schedule page for dates and times.  The fees will be the same as for the in-person workshops.

Regulations that Govern NYS Foster Care Agencies:

“Section 770.5 requires VFCA Health Facilities to arrange for limited health-related services consistent with 18 NYCRR §441.22, in accordance with an individualized treatment plan. The individualized treatment plan must be recommended by and under the supervision and oversight of a physician, nurse practitioner, registered professional nurse, clinical nurse specialist, psychiatrist, psychologist, master social worker, clinical social worker, mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, or psychoanalyst, as applicable, who meet state licensing requirements in accordance with applicable state law. The individualized treatment plans shall be re-evaluated annually, or as needed, to determine whether services have contributed to meeting goals.”

Slowly but surely mental health counselors are being recognized and included!
NYMHCA's Continuing Education Program

NYMHCA will now provide only in-person presentations: given by our regional chapters, webinars, presentations given by local schools and agencies, and during our conventions.

When you attend an in-person presentation you will sign in, fill out a survey and leave with your completion certificate!!  If you participate in a webinar you will fill out an online survey and a completion certificate will then be mailed to you.

Please check our Continuing Education Page for upcoming presentations!

We're now on Instagram!  

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We are celebrating NYMHCA's 40th Anniversary!  Please  help us celebrate the work of NYMHCA over the last 40 years and for the next 40 years by making a donation!

                                             Make a Donation
Student Ambassador Program!

The Student Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for Counseling Students who are dedicated to serving and representing NYMHCA on their campus! Student Ambassadors serve as the liaison between the NYMHCA Student Committee and the student body on their campus.  

Student Ambassadors must be currently enrolled in a counseling program (or related discipline). Student Ambassadors will receive a One-Year membership FREE for their efforts!

To learn more about this program click on the link on the left.

  6/19                       It's time to celebrate!

We were happy to report to you that our bill to include mental health practitioners (including mental health counselors) in Medicaid programs has passed both houses in the New York State Legislature!

We are now happy to report that our bill to mandate that all insurance companies doing business in New York accept mental health counselors and our sister professions, has ALSO passed both houses in the legislature!

Many thanks to our lobbyist Denise McGraw who worked tirelessly to get our bills passed! And many thanks to those of you who called the office of St. Sen. Tim Kennedy and asked that he move the bill. He did, and it was passed in the Senate at midnight last night! It had already passed the night before in the Assembly.

What now? Now we wait for the bills to be requested by the governor's office. The governor's staff calls them up in batches, and once on the "governor's desk" he has 30 days to sign them, veto them or do nothing. It could take many weeks or months before our bills even reach the governor's desk.

In the coming weeks we might ask for your help in convincing the governor how important it is for him to sign our bills. 

For real-time updates on what NYMHCA is doing on your behalf, join our Members' Corner Facebook page. We post new info regularly.