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Governor's Proclamation: Minority Mental Health Month (July 2020)

CURRENT LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

CONGRESS INTRODUCES MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS IN MEDICARE LEGISLATION 

Bipartisan legislation that would include licensed mental health counselors (LMHCs), as well as licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), as Medicare providers, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2021, HR 432, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Representative John Katko (R-NY).

This bipartisan legislation would require Medicare to finally recognize LMHCs as Medicare-eligible providers of covered behavioral health services to older adults and other Medicare beneficiaries.

Legislative Session

On Tuesday 2/9/2021 SB 82 Mental Health Diagnosis unanimously passed the full Senate on 3rd Reading - we are now half-way through the Legislative process in Indiana. 

Thanks to Senator Crider (S-28) & Senator Charbonneau (S-5) for authoring the bill and to Senators Doriot (S-2), J.D. Ford (S-29), Becker (S-50), Breaux (S-34),Yoder (S-40), Grooms (S-46) and J. Ford (S-38) for co-authoring the bill and thanks to the Senate Public Health and Provider Services committee for unanimously supporting the bill in committee, and thanks to every Senator for supporting SB 82. 

SB 82 now moves to Indiana House of Representatives for consideration.  Thanks to Representative Cook for sponsoring the bill and Representative Ziemke for co-sponsoring the bill. 

Senate Bill 82: 
Mental Health Diagnosis Defines "mental health diagnosis" and sets forth requirements that must be met in order for certain licensed professionals to provide a mental health diagnosis. Requires certain mental health professionals who are making a mental health diagnosis and who determine that the patient has not been examined by a physician in the preceding 12 months to recommend to the patient that the patient schedule an examination by a physician at the earliest opportunity. Requires notation of that recommendation in the patient's medical record.

What does this mean?  If passed, SB 82 will allow LCSW, LMHC, LMFT, and LCAC to provide diagnosis.  Current Indiana statute allows LCSW’s to provide a diagnostic impression that must be approved by an HSPP or an MD to be in compliance with the law.

For more information, please contact the ICA Legislative Chair Dale V. Wayman, Ph.D. at dale@drwayman.com


ICA EFFORTS TOWARDS RACIAL INJUSTICE, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

  • ICA Statement on Racial Injustice (6/10/20). View our Statement here: ICA Racial Injustice Statement (2).pdf
  • Proclamation to Governor’s Office for Minority Mental Health Month (July)-- sent 6/11/20


PAST LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

    AMHCA webinar: Medicare Grassroots Advocacy (5/13/20)-- an update on the Medicare legislation and guidance on what needs to happen now to include our bill in the next COVID-19 stimulus package.

    • Seek inclusion of S. 286 (The Mental Health Access Improvement Act) in any upcoming Senate COVID-19 Economic Stimulus bill

    Senate Bill 142:
    Synopsis: Medicaid reimbursement for schools. Specifies services for which a school corporation may seek Medicaid reimbursement. Adds physical therapy to the list of services a school psychologist may refer a student. Allows school psychologists to make referrals to physical therapists for mandated school services. Effective: July 1, 2020. 

    AMERICAN COUNSELING ASSOCIATION RELEASES 2020 POST-ELECTION ANALYSIS - 11/11/20

    2020 has been a historic year— and this November, many Americans are looking to those in Congress and those in the White House to lead the country, protect the courts and make progress on issues like climate change, health care, racial justice, and a post-COVID economy.

    The 2020 election determines who those leaders are, and not just in Congress or in the White House. With 435 House seats, 35 Senate seats, and 13 gubernatorial seats up for grabs, more is at stake than ever.

    See full document here1042020-gapp-aca-post-election-analysis.pdf

    AMERICAN COUNSELING ASSOCIATION ADVOCACY POWER HOURS

        Virtual Town Hall (5/27/20)
          ACA Power Hour (6/11/20)
            • HR945 & Senate286
            • ACA is compiling a list of racial injustice issues on a state and federal level 
            • Stakeholder engagement on the interstate compact (August)
          ACA Power Hour (7/9/20)
          • Extension to the COVID-19 national emergency declaration 
          • On July 25, 2020, the provisions supporting Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) within the National Emergency Declaration are set to expire. These provisions allow LPCs to provide mental health services while waiving certain telebehavioral health restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
          • Public health emergencies must be renewed by Health and Human Services every 90 days, The emergency was first issued in January, and was renewed previously in late April. The expected extension would last until late October.
          The Support Act: H.R. 6 the Support for Patients and Communities Act
          January 1, 2020 -licensed professional counselors in opioid treatment programs certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are eligible for Medicare reimbursement. 
          https://www.counseling.org/docs/default-source/government-affairs/support-act-break-down-for-lpcs.pdf?sfvrsn=1ffa5c2c_2

          Indiana Associations Meeting (Diagnosis) -Sept. 2019
          Every group present (IAMFT, ICA, IAAP, MHA) reported their association has voted/decided to move forward and pursue diagnosis together. School counselors are in support as well. 



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