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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.
Dues Discount for Applying for a NYMHCA VISA Card

On the right is a link to info about our NYMHCA Capital One VISA card.  By applying for a NYMHCA VISA card you will be helping to support NYMHCA’s ongoing legislative and other advocacy efforts.  To show our thanks we are offering you a one-time $25 discount in membership fees when you renew your NYMHCA membership.

To take advantage of this offer, please mail, or fax us a photocopy of your NYMHCA VISA card with your name clearly visible and the numbers blacked out.  When you renew your NYMHCA membership the $25 discount will be noted on the renewal form. NO cash refunds will be issued.

Please encourage your family and friends to sign up for NYMHCA VISA cards too!


Are mental health counselors Medicaid reimbursable if they work in state, or state funded agencies?  Finally we have an official answer!

NYS Office of Mental Health Clinic FAQ’s  - 2/12

Scroll through the document to question 143:

#143. Is there any consideration for how to bill for services provided licensed mental health counselors (LMHC)?

Medicaid reimburses for clinic services provided by licensed mental health counselors in the same manner as it reimburses for services provided by other licensed mental health practitioners.
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.
Signed Into Law!

~ Limited Permit Extension:  S. 4964 - Sponsored by St. Sen. LaValle
                                                       A. 7138 - Sponsored by Assemb. Glick
      - This bill extends the limited permit period of an initial 2 years with a 1 year extension, to an additional
         year extension if needed. The extension will take effect as soon as the governor signs the bill into law.

~ Continuing Education Requirement:S.5086 - Sponsored by St.Sen LaValle
                                                                          A.7225  - Assemb. DenDekker
      - This bill calls for a 36 hour continuing education requirement in order for LMHC's to renew their
         licenses every 3 years. NY is one of only 4 states that did NOT require some form of continuing
         education.  The requirement will begin in 2017. 

Now the work resumes on this most important piece of legislation!

~ Diagnosis:  S.4977 - Sponsored by St. Sen. Robach 
       - This bill calls for the inclusion of the word "diagnosis" in our scope of  practice.  There is much
         opposition to this bill and it is not expected to pass during this legislative session which ends on June

The DSM-5 codes are now available to be used for billing since they use the ICD-9-CM Codes. This will be in effect until September 30, 2014 at which time the ICD-10-CM codes replace the ICD-9 codes. For more info about the DSM-5 go to:


~  The DSM-5 website is at:

~  DSM-5 Patient Assessment Measures to be researched are avaibable at:  

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 foollowing document:


Online training for Mandated Reporters:
NCMHCE to Become a Tricare Certified Mental Health Counselor

TRICARE requires that MHC's graduate from CACREP accredited programs and have taken the NCMHC exam (our licensure exam)  These requirements eliminate many qualified providers from beoming Certified Mental Health Counselors in the TRICARE system.  If you did not graduate from a CACREP accredited graduate program and want to take the NCMHCE you have the option of doing so.  The NBCC is allowing counselors to take the exam just for this purpose. To download the NCMHCE Military Registration Form, please click here.
2014 Convention!  A Huge Success!
General Info -

Mandated Reporter -

VPCR hotline -

Out-of-state placements -

Surrogate Decision Making -

NYS Loan Repayment Program

Click  HERE for information on the NYS program that assists LMHC's in repaying student loans if they work in underserved areas of the state.

Also see the link to the federal program that also helps in student loan repayment. 
From the NBCC Website:

How Is the DSM-5 Affecting NBCC’s Examinations?

In January, the examination committees for both the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) and the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) reviewed the current versions of these examinations. Their primary objective was to update the items to make the language consistent with the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

NBCC is pleased to report that there were no major structural changes to either the NCE or the NCMHCE as a result of the DSM-5. There were no changes to the framework or the competencies of either examination. The
knowledge assessed is common to both manuals. Modifications to the examination content involved changes in diagnostic terminology only.

What does that mean for examinees who are preparing to take an NBCC examination? While the number of items regarding the DSM-5 will not increase, the new edition does contain new diagnostic terminology, so reviewing the differences between the two editions may be helpful.

The changes to both the NCE and NCMHCE are effective April 1, 2014. The exam prep booklets are supposed to be available on the same day.

~   There were 353 counselors, educators and students in Albany for the April 11-13th 
    Convention!   This was our biggest convention by far!  A dynamic roster of workshops
    and presentations were praised for their relevance to the needs of counselors and the

Keynote speaker, Dr. Shannon Hodges urged everyone to think outside the box for our
    counseling careers.

~   Our Saturday evening social event included good food, make your own Sundae's and a
    crowded dance floor!

~   The 4 Student Assistants helped make the weekend a success by providing assistance
    to presenters and NYMHCA leaders. They also looked cool with their walkie-talkie ear
    pieces.  :)

~   Mark your calendars now and join us for our next convention April 15-17th, 2016!!
Call for Student Representative to the NYMHCA Board of Directors

Students with another year of graduate education should consider submitting an application to be appointed as Student Representative to the NYMHCA Board of Directors.  Click on the link for more info.

                                    Student Representative Info and Application