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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.
NY Problem Gambling Training Partnership

NYMHCA is a member of the Problem Gambling Training Partnership and has an active role in developing the partnership (with 4 other mental health professions) and the curriculum for the trainings. NYMHCA owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Kayte Conroy who represents NYMHCA on the Curriculum Committee and continues to work with the committee to improve the trainings. The 2nd training of the year was held in June on Long Island and was attended by wo hundred and fifty mental health professional. The 2-day trainings are FREE! For more information and to register go to:

Here are links to public service announcements that the state has issued about the Problem Gambling Training Partnership.  Feel free to use them as you wish:
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PGTP Clinical :30 -     

PGTP Clinical :15      

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:
Governor Signs Maternal Depression Bill Into Law

On December 19th, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will provide support for women experiencing depression during pregnancy and following childbirth.  The Office of Mental Health and the Department of Health will be tasked with developing guidelines on maternal depression screening, etc.  NYMHCA hopes to be a source of information for these agencies, as the regulation process proceeds.
NYMHCA is launching  fundraising effort to offset the costs of our representation in Albany.  Please consider donating and urging your colleagues, friends and family to do the same!
2018 Convention!

Over 350 mental health counselors, students and educators came together on April 13-15th for an exciting and rewarding 3 days!  The energy was high, the workshops were well-received, our keynote speaker Dr. Laura Wood wowed a room of over 300 people and the DJ Dance was fun for all who attended!

Many thanks to those of you who were at the convention for your kind words of appreciation for the enormous amount of work that goes into running an event of this size!  See you in 2020!!
Rockland Chapter News!

Kathleen Carney will be leading the newly revived Rockland Chapter!  Kathleen will need help in getting the chapter up and running again, so if you are interested in working with her, email her at:

Hudson Valley Chapter

Currently this chapter is without leadership.  If you are interested in helping to get this chapter back up and running, email us at:
NYMHCA Board of Directors Elections and Appointements

Are you interested in taking a more active role in the running of our organization?  If so, please consider running for one of the Board of Directors seats.

Open seats are:  President-elect, Membership Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Open appointed seats are: Regional Chapter Coordinator and Student Representative.  Click on the link on our homepage for info on the Student Representative position and to apply.

If you are interested in receiving the job descriptions for any or all of the above leadership positions, email us:

The deadline for submissions of nominations is June 1st.