To ensure enough mental health professionals are available to treat the increased number of people who will seek mental health treatment under the ACA and the Parity Act, Medicare and Medicaid must provide direct reimbursement to licensed clinical mental health counselors
(CMHCs) and licensed marriage and family therapists.
We achieved passage of our first federal legislation (mental health parity--The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008), and continue to build on that success with our effor ts to secure Medicare coverage for licensed clinical mental health counselors
Clearly, AMHCA is fulfilling its vision: "To be the national organization representing licensed clinical mental health counselors
and state chapters, with consistent standards of education, training, licensing, practice, advocacy, and ethics.