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Board of Allied Mental Health & Human Service Professions

Fall 2015

Board Disciplinary Actions

Since June 1, 2015, the licensing Board has issued four more disciplinary actions:                                                                                                                           

  • 1 license revocation for health care fraud                                                                                                                                          
  • 2 $3000.00 fines for operating with an expired or inactive license                                                                                                               
  • 1 fine and a CE requirement for sub-standard treatment

MaMHCA encourages ALL LMHCs to obtain copies of the CMR-262, the Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association, Ethical Standards of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and review the important ethical and legal standards.

  • CMR 262 FAQ’s will be re-posted soon
  • New LMHC Licensure Regulations (CMR – 262)  Posted June 5, 2015                              (June 2015)

The New LMHC regulations (CMR-262) have been approved and became effective on June 5th.  At that time, the updated regulations incorporated several changes that grew out of the public comments offered in December.

â–ºCorrespondingly, a new LMHC License Application has been developed that reflects the new regulations. It is also posted on the Allied Board web-site.  This application should be used by applicants who are applying for licensure on or after June 5, 2015.  The documents can be accessed at http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/mh/

â–ºThe new regulations include several important new elements:

  • The minimum requirements for the contents in a client record are established.
  • The minimum requirements for an informed consent document are established.
  • Standards and responsibilities for Supervisors and supervision are spelled out.
  • The establishment of mandatory training in domestic violence is established, but not yet Implemented
  • New definitions of Approved Supervisors
  • A 60 credit MA becomes the educational standard for individuals matriculating in to a graduate program after July 1, 2017;  eliminating the option for a 48 credit MA and a CAGs/CAS program (individuals currently in mid- training are grand-parented under the 2003 regulations)
  • 75 hours of supervision by an LMHC will be required after July 1, 2017.