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

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.


        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

        AMHCA webinar: Medicare Grassroots Advocacy (5/13)-- 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. 

        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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        11209 Yalumba Pass

        Roanoke, IN 46783

        Phone: 615-856-6383


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