Important Article on the Future of LMHCs with Medicare, TRICARE, & VA
Are you a mental health counselor? If so, you may be only vaguely aware of the ways in which CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)-only language in hiring, credentialing and reimbursement policies could impact your practice. As practicing mental health counselors and board members of the Maryland and Massachusetts chapters of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, we have watched recent developments with increasing alarm. Our practices and livelihoods are under serious threat, and the public faces greatly reduced access to care, by growing efforts to restrict the practice of mental health counseling to those who attended CACREP-approved graduate programs. It is imperative that professional counselors everywhere understand these developments and take action to protect what we have worked so hard to achieve — our right to practice independently. Read the entire article published in July 1, 2013, in Counseling Today.