Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC) is the only organization working exclusively for LPCs in North Carolina!
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We are excited to announce that House Bill 425 Improve Utilization of MH Professionals has been filed! If passed, this bill would add LPCs as providers eligible to conduct first evaluations for involuntary commitment in North Carolina.
Please take a moment to thank our outstanding bill sponsors:
Representatives Belk, Blackwell, Brisson, Floyd, Holley, Malone, Terry, Willingham, and Wray have also signed on as co-sponsors.
HB 425 has been referred to the House Health Committee. If your legislator serves on the Health Committee, please also take a moment to reach out to your House member and ask that he or she support HB 425.
Click here for a list of the House Health Committee members.
Click here to read more about the "Next Steps"
Advocacy Alert #1
The NC General Assembly's Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee (APO) is considering a proposal to consolidate certain North Carolina behavioral healthcare licensing boards, Bill Draft 2015-TQz-40 (v.7) (03/15). The NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC) is among those being considered for consolidation. One of the proposals considered by the APO is to consolidate the Licensed Substance Abuse Counselors (LSAC) Board and the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) Board under the LPC Licensing Board.
Please contact your NC House member and NC Senate member ASAP! Click here to find contact info for your state House and state Senate members.
Sample Script: “I, ________, a NC Licensed Professional Counselor, OPPOSE any effort to consolidate the LMFT Board and the LSAC Professional Practice Board under the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC) as outlined under Bill Draft 2015-TQz-40.”
We oppose this bill draft for these reasons:
(1) All of these professions, representing more than 24,000 licensed behavioral healthcare professionals in NC, are regulated by statutes, and the licensing boards are independent, self-supporting, and do not depend on the State of NC for any financial resources.
(2) Consolidation of behavioral healthcare licensing boards dilutes the stature of the distinct professions and diminishes the value of each of the licenses; such action may further increase the shortage of behavioral healthcare professionals in some areas of NC.
Advocacy Alert #2
As we wrap up 2016 and the election, NBCC is requesting all Counselors to contact their senators ASAP. NBCC anticipates that during the post-election “lame duck” session, from November 8, 2016-December 31, 2016, the US Senate may consider mental health reform legislation.
WE NEED OUR MEDICARE LANGUAGE FROM S.1839 INCLUDED FOR CONSIDERATION.
LPCANC and NBCC urge you to call, e-mail or visit your senators ASAP. All contact is helpful and the more we can generate, the more likely that counselor Medicare coverage will become law.
Your senators are:
- Richard Burr (202-224-3154)
- Thom Tillis (202-224-6342)
Action: Please call your senators today and urge them to include S. 1830 in mental health reform legislation.
Not sure what to say? Feel free to use some or all of the message below:
“My name is [name] and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor living in [city, NC]. I am calling to urge Senator [name] to push for inclusion of language making mental health counselors Medicare providers in the mental health reform legislation. Expanding access to mental health professionals is critical to improving the health care delivery system and needs to be part of the package.
Please make inclusion of S.1830 a priority in the reform debate and thank you for your support.”
Thank you for advocating for yourself and the profession of mental health counseling.
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