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MaMHCA: Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association



Licensure Board Updates & Notices

July 2022

The Board has released an updated Licensure Application. 

On December 18, 2022, the Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions will be transitioned to the Department of Public Health. 

FAQs about the Board Transition from DOL to DPH is available on the Mass.gov website - https://www.mass.gov/info-details/article-87-board-transition-from-dol-to-dph-frequently-asked-questions-faqs

June 2018    

Updates to MaMHCA Guidelines on Electronic Communications and Social Media. MaMHCA has recently updated the Guidelines to reflect recent 2 advisories regarding texting, and professional web-sites.  

  • We are now noting the availability of HIPAA-approved Texting apps. Texting without using such an app is considered unsecure, and a HIPAA violation. MaMHCA has compiled, without review, a list of available apps for members to review.  (SEE Members Only Pages on-line). 
  • MaMHCA is strongly recommending that LMHCs separate their professional mental health counseling website from any additional websites they may have for other professional endeavors that are NOT directly related to the LMHC scope of practice.

These guidelines are recommended to ensure the confidentiality, and privacy of all protected health information, and for maintaining appropriate professional boundaries with clients.

Your Questions Answered: 

MassHealth Registration:  LMHCs DO NOT HAVE TO REGISTER with MassHealth, at this time. The current requirement only applies to LICSWs, who can see Medicare clients, and also order certain services for them through Medicare.

Approved Supervision Requirement: All Approved Supervisors for individuals needing supervision for their field placements (Practicum, Internship, Post-MA work experience) for their LMHC license, MUST be 3 years Post – License. And while LICSWs can supervise other social workers, immediately upon receiving their LICSW license, to supervise individuals in the LMHC-track, they also must be 3 years Post License.

September 2017

Record Keeping Requirements, Supervision Requirements and more -  CMR – 226; Section 8: Ethical Standards contains Record Keeping Requirements for LMHCs, including required contents of the Client Record; Supervision Requirements for LMHCs, as well as several other ethical and practice polices. All LMHCs should be familiar with the contents of this section.

New Slide Webinar Addressing New Practice Requirements Available

“Regulations Changes LMHCs Need to Know Now!” a slide webinar authored by Midge Williams, LMHC, MaMHCA Executive Director, and used in her workshop presentations on the New LMHC Regulations 2015 - 2017. 

In addition to changes in requirements for licensure as an LMHC, the CMR-262 also includes important new elements that impact LMHC practice, including:

  • Minimum requirements for a client record,
  • Minimum requirements for informed consent to treat,
  • New, specified ethical standards, and
  • New standards for Approved Supervisors and supervision.

The webinar will cover these changes, how they will impact practice, and what LMHCs need to do to assure they are practicing in a responsible, legal and ethical manner. The final phase of implementing the new LMHC Regulations, (CMR-262; of June 5, 2015) will go in to effect July 1, 2017.

►3 CEs upon completion of the CE Home Study Test.  (View Webinar Page Here)

January 2016

LMHC Regulations effective 2016

Changes were made to the Ethical Standards (Section 8.00) of the CMR-262, that: 

1) Mandate minimal requirements for a treatment record

2) Mandate minimal requirements for Informed Consent

3) Set out requirements an obligations for Supervisors.

Since the June 5, 2015 promulgation of the new CMR-262 posed difficulties, especially because of the timing, the Allied Board conducted discussions with graduate programs to address some questions and provide relief in implementation of the new regulations where they could under the law.

Additionally, the Board created a new Academic Requirement Form to be signed by an applicant’s graduate program Chair.

September 2015

LMHC License Board Updates: Frequently Asked Question:  The Allied Board of Mental Health and Human Services Professions has posted a New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document to address many of the questions that have arisen since the new CMR-262 was promulgated on June 5, 2015.  Most questions have dealt with the new definition of an Approved Supervisor, the hiring of new supervisory staff by agencies, and the placement of Interns, before and after the June 5th date. The Board will be working with concerned parties to help manage difficulties that may arise this year because of the unfortunate timing of the new rules, especially in relation to agencies hiring new staff and Interns around that time.  

Board Disciplinary Actions: Since June 1, 2015, the licensing Board has issued 4 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, American Mental Health Counselors Association and review the important ethical and legal standards.