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CLANY - our NYMHCA PAC!
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.
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:
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.
The NYS Legislative Session ended on June 17th. Two of our bills made huge advances in the legislature:
- Our bill to include the Mental Health Practitioners in all blanket coverage offered by insurance companies (sponsor Assemblyman Harry Bronson) easily passed the Assembly, but did not come up for a vote in the Senate.
- Our bill to include the Mental Health Practitioners as Medicaid providers (sponsored by Sen. Diane Savino) passed in the Senate but did not advance in the Assembly.
The fact that both of these bills easily passed in each house speaks to our increasing recognition in Albany! It also will make it easier to pass each of these bills in the next legislative session which begins in early January.
Continuing Education Requirement Schedule
Many of you are asking us about what CEU's you might need beginning in 2017 Click here to see the schedule and an update from SED.
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: NYPGTP.org.
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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The Governor Signed the Landmark Mental Health Education Bill into Law!
This landmark legislation means that when middle schools and high schools teach about health (which they are mandated to do), they will also have to teach about mental health. Currently schools must teach about alcohol and substance abuse and some cancer screenings. Now, mental health has been added to that small list and that is a great victory for all New Yorkers. While some schools already teach about mental health, many do not. This will all change with the signing of this legislation.
This new law will have a major impact in high schools and middle schools. Over half of all individuals with mental health issues begin experiencing symptoms at age fourteen. Too often the signs are missed and young people will go without treatment for years, which impacts them academically, increases the likelihood of abusing alcohol and drugs, getting into legal trouble and in some cases tragically losing their lives to suicide completion. Mental health education in schools will impact youth in a positive way by providing them with knowledge about mental health so they can recognize signs in themselves and others when help is needed. Also, mental health education in schools will provide a greater understanding of these issues and will help reduce stigma and play a role in educating youth about suicide prevention.
Regulations for Telepsychiatry in New York have finally been approved and published. To receive a copy of the regulations contact us at: NYMHCA@optonline.net. Here is a video that explains the process:
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.
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!