Over 30 Years of Service to the Mental Health Community

MaMHCA: Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association


About MAMHCA

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History

1981

  • MaMHCA is formed
1982
  • Chartered by AMHCA
  • 25 Members
  • First licensure bill filed
  • MaMHCA dues at $10.00
1986
  • Annual Conferences launched
  • Dues at $40.00
  • 90 members
1987
  • Licensure for LMHCs becomes law
1991
  • First Board of Registration
  • CMR 262 (regulations) established
  • First license application workshop held
  • First LMHC licenses issued
1992
  • LMHC grand-parenting period ends
1993
  • MaMHCA 800 phone number begins
1994
  • First business administrator hired
  • Begins LMHC Exam Prep workshop series
  • CE Certification program launched
  • Workshop series jointly with MaCA
1995
  • Executive Director hired
  • Membership grows to 1800
  • LMHC Regulations revised
  • MaMHCA formally joins MARIACES
  • MaMHCA Workshops begin
1996
  • 3rd party reimbursement becomes law
  • BCBS opens indemnity panel to LMHCs
1997
  • Joins Mass Mental Health Coalition
  • Red Cross Training series starts
1998
  • MBHP opens panels to LMHCs
  • Non-profit incorporation achieved
  • Tax Exempt 501c.3 approved
  • Web Page launched
  • Referral Network Directory published
  • MaMHCA Messenger named
1999
  • BC/BS recruits LMHCs to PPOs
  • MBHP includes LMHCs as approved supervisors in agencies
  • MaMHCA opens central office in Natick
2000
  • LMHC scope upgrade becomes law
  • LMHCs core providers in Parity law
  • MPHP reimburses MHC interns
2001
  • MBHP opens private panel to LMHCs
  • DPH includes LMHCs as full members of interdisciplinary treatment teams
2003
  • LMHC Regulations revised
  • DPH grants autism diagnosis privilege
  • Home Study Book Project begins
  • 2nd Referral Directory Issued
2005
  • Liability Insurance added to services
  • Health & Dental plans added to services
2006
  • 1st Annual Job & Career Fair
2007
  • LMHC Testimonial Privilege Becomes Law
2008
  • MaMHCA Supervision Training begins
2009
  • 1st MaMHCA Certified Supervisors arrive
2010
  • Haberman-Williams MaMHCA Scholarship established
2011
  • Haberman-Williams MaMHCA Scholarship awarded
2012
  • Appointed to Behavioral Health Task Force for Payment Reform Legislation
  • Appointed to Chair CBHI Workforce Development Group
  • Held Silent Auction to Benefit Scholarship Fund
2013
  • Joint Conference with NASW-MA on Healthcare Reform
  • Launched New Website
  • Published MaMHCA Guidelines for LMHCs Using Electronic Communication, Technology Assisted Counseling, and Social Media in their Practice
2014
  • Filed 2 New Bills Supporting LMHC Practice and Consumer Safety: Section 12 privileges re mandatory evaluation for danger to self or other; and Creation of a Behavioral Health Workforce Development Fund
  • Expanded New Professional Development Offerings
  • Achieved expanded grand-parenting period for TRICARE panel inclusion for LMHCs
  • Introduced Member Highlights column on MaMHCA website
2015
  • Established the MaMHCA Certified Clinical Supervisor Credential (MaCCS) for graduates of MaMHCA Clinical Supervision Training Program
  • Began Private Practice Development Workshops Series
  • New LMHC Regulations CMR-262 Trainings Begun  
2016
  • 10th Anniversary of MaMHCA Job & Career Fairs for LMHCs and MH Agencies
  • 30th Anniversary of Annual Conferences
  • Launched MaMHCA Clinical Supervision Program for MH Agencies
  • Chaired Behavioral Health Electronic Health Records Task Force for EOHHS
  • Awarded 8th & 9th Scholarships