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NYMHCA: Helping you to realize your professional dreams!

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.


HHS Issues Letter to Providers on Disclosures To Avert Threats to Health or Safety

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a letter to health care providers to ensure that they are aware of their ability under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to take action, consistent with their ethical standards or other legal obligations, to disclose necessary information about a patient to law enforcement, family members of the patient, or other persons, when they believe the patient presents a serious danger to himself or other people.

To read the letter click here.
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:

Online training for Mandated Reporters:
General Info -

Mandated Reporter -

VPCR hotline -

Out-of-state placements -

Surrogate Decision Making -

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.
Regulations for Telepsychiatry in New York have finally been approved and published.  To receive a copy of the regulations contact us at:  Here is a video that explains the process:
Convention 2016  Photos!
Telepsychiatry in New York
Newly Approved Regulations for Medicaid based Services

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.

Surprise Announcement from the Office of Mental Health! 

This is from a recent OMH newsletter:

    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 

We are pleased to announce that 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.
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 will be 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.

NYMHCA Needs Licensure Exam Preparation Presenters

We are in need of presenters to give in-person licensure exam preparation workshops in the Buffalo, Rochester, Plattsburgh and Albany areas.  Sarah Noel will present a training webinar workshop on January 7th at noon for those who are interested in becoming presenters.  If you are interested in participating in the webinar, email Sarah at:

Hudson Valley Chapter

This chapter is being revived by a group of former members.  If you are interested in helping to get this chapter back up and running, email us at:  Amy Ruppmann -
Regulations that Govern NYS Faster 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

As many of you know our learning management system, the NYMHCA Learning Academy is now closed.  In it's place we have developed an easier system to provide you with the CEU's you need to renew your licenses and your certifications.

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!

**If you attended CEU workshops at our 2018 Convention and did not received completion certificates, please email us: for instructions on how to receive them.
8/26/18  Signed into Law:  An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
prohibited practices by providers of substance use disorder services

This bill will prohibit the practice of substance use disorder patient
brokering in New York.

Section 1 would create a new Mental Hygiene L. § 32.06 to prohibit any
individual, addiction professional, credentialed professional, health
care provider, health care facility or substance abuse program from
giving or receiving a commission, bonus, rebate, or kickback, directly
or indirectly, to induce the referral of a potential service recipient
in connection with the performance of substance abuse services. This
section establishes any violation of this section will constitute a

The heroin and opioid epidemic has devastated families across New York
State. Overdose deaths from heroin, fentanyl, car-fentanyl, and other
synthetic iterations have skyrocketed and families are desperate to get
care for their loved ones.

However, there has also been a corresponding rise in individuals who
aggressively pursue people in need of substance use disorder treatment
services and, for a sometimes extravagant fee, promise admission to
treatment programs. For individuals engaging in this predatory behavior,
the most desirable patients are those with robust insurance coverage,
and out of network benefit packages. Patient brokers refer these clients
to programs offering the highest rate of "return" to the patient broker,
with little or no regard for the patient's specific needs.

This predatory practice should be prohibited because it capitalizes on,
and exploits, families' fears while putting patients at risk of inappro-
priate treatment. This bill would make it a crime to offer to or accept
any kickback from an individual or entity that provides substance abuse
services in exchange for patient referral and admission.

The bill will take effect 60 days from this date: 8/26/18