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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 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.
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:
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!
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.
April 13-15th Convention Registration is OPEN! Click here for info!
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.
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: email@example.com.
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!