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.
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.
Approved Regulations for Medicaid based Services - more announcements to come
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.
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
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.
We are in need of mentors! If you are an experienced professional please consider helping a new grad or new professional to take their place in the profession.
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 are 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.
Regulations that Govern NYS Foster 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
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!
Announcement of New Professional Membership Changes:
- We are very excited to announce that as of January 1st our New Professional membership category is
now open to all mental health counseling graduates whether or not they are currently NYMHCA
-Eligibility for the New Professional membership requires documentation of graduation from a mental
health counseling Master’s program no later than a year after graduation.
-Members are eligible for the New Professional membership category for 2 years before becoming
NYMHCA professional members!
-We hope that this offer of a $50 savings over Professional membership dues will open the door to more
new grads who want to become members of the NYMHCA professional community!
The Student Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for Counseling Students who are dedicated to serving and representing NYMHCA on their campus! Student Ambassadors serve as the liaison between the NYMHCA Student Committee and the student body on their campus.
Student Ambassadors must be currently enrolled in a counseling program (or related discipline). Student Ambassadors will receive a One-Year membership FREE for their efforts!
To learn more about this program click on the link on the left.