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Advocacy

 

Advocacy Day

June 14, 2018

For details please view the event detail page.

 

Advocacy Committee

Chair:

Chair position is currently vacant.

The Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC) is currently seeking a dedicated individual to serve as chair for the Advocacy Committee. If you know individuals who might be interested in this position (including yourself), let us know!

Mission:

To address advocacy and policy issues relating to and affecting the Licensed Professional Counselor community and advise the Board on potential actions.

Responsibilities of Advocacy Committee:

  • Monitor and provide comment on policy issues of interest to the Licensed Professional Counselor community.
  • Develop LPCANC recommendations for Licensed Professional Counselor policies and practices for Institutions and advocate for their implementation.
  • Maintain and expand relationships with state agencies and national organizations within the Licensed Professional Counselor community
  • Collaborate with other LPCANC committees, officers, staff, and Board members on projects to advance/promote/facilitate the mission of the LPCANC.

 

Advocacy Priorities

LPCANC’s Advocacy Priorities for the 2018 Short Session of the North Carolina General Assembly

1. LPCANC supports inclusion of LPCs as providers allowed to conduct first evaluations for involuntary commitment in North Carolina: This short session, a top priority for LPCANC advocacy is continued support for HB 425 Improve Utilization for Mental Health Professionals. If passed by the Legislature, HB 425would add LPCs as providers eligible to conduct first evaluations for involuntary commitment in North Carolina. LPCANC is extremely appreciative of the primary sponsors of HB 425 wholed the way for the bill’s successful passage by the North Carolina House of Representatives. Those sponsors are Rep. Dobson, Rep. Dollar, Rep. Murphy, and Rep. Earle. House Bill 425 passed the North Carolina House of Representatives unanimously and is still eligible for consideration by the General Assembly this short session. It must pass the Senate and be signed by the Governor in order to become law. LPCANC also supports SB 630 Revise IVC Laws to Improve Behavioral Health. SB 630 is another bill that would add LPCs as providers eligible to conduct first evaluations for involuntary commitment in North Carolina. LPCANC is very appreciative of the sponsors of SB 630. The primary sponsors of SB 630 are Sen. Hise, Sen. Krawiec, and Sen. Randleman. This bill passed the Senate in the 2017 long session and is still eligible for consideration by the General Assembly in the 2018 short session. 

2. LPCANC supports efforts to expand opportunities for LPCs in the area of telehealth. LPCANC encourages the General Assembly to explore opportunities for LPCs in the area of telehealth in North Carolina. LPCANC was pleased to see the recommendation from the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services for a statutory framework for telemedicine/telehealth and for the provision of those services by providers licensed under Chapter 90 of our General Statutes. LPCs are Chapter 90 mental health providers. LPCANC looks forward to supporting legislation that reflects the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee’s recommendation for greater utilization of telehealth in North Carolina for Chapter 90 providers like LPCs. 

3. LPCANC opposes efforts to consolidate behavioral health licensing boards. The behavioral healthcare professions are each distinct and separate in training, curriculum and standards, ethics codes, accrediting bodies, scope of practice, and treatment modalities. 

4. LPCANC supports improvements to Medicaid managed care. As the North Carolina General Assembly looks at the framework of Medicaid transformation, LPCANC supports efforts to cut down unnecessary paperwork and administrative expenses for LPCs who provide Medicaid services. LPCANC also supports adequate Medicaid reimbursement rates for quality behavioral health services.

 

 

Lobbyist

Ashley Matlock Perkinson

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