I heard yesterday from DMA that they have approved LPCAs to enroll in Medicaid, but it will take a couple of months to make this happen. This has been a problem with NCTracks, but the issue is resolved. A simple word change from Provisional License to Licensed Associate was what changed. MCOs do not have to wait for DMA to enable the changes, they can enroll LPCAs now. If you have difficulty enrolling with an MCO, please let LPCANC know; your professional association.
The NC Division of MH/DD/SAS has been working on addressing mental health issues through its Crisis Solutions Initiative. This is an opportunity for LPCs to get involved in this important initiative that will impact us all. Their March 31st newsletter describes their latest efforts and provides contact information. Newsletter
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a draft Research Plan on primary care screening for depression in adults. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from March 27 through April 23, 2014. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to
AMHCA Testifies in U.S. Congress on Medicare and Access Issues on Wednesday, March 26
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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing this Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. EST. In “Where Have All the Patients Gone? Examining the Psychiatric Bed Shortage,” witnesses will testify about the impact of a severe shortage of psychiatric beds for persons with serious mental illness.
AMHCA Board Member-at-Large Dr. LaMarr D. Edgerson, LMFT, NBCCH, will testify on coverage limitations and Medicaid and Medicare problems that undermine early intervention for persons that need behavioral health services.
If you miss the live stream, you can access an archive video recording by entering “Where Have All the Patients Gone? Examining the Psychiatric Bed Shortage” in the search field on the left-hand side of the Energy and Commerce hearings page.
The Alternatives to Violence Project, a fun, engaging group process has been widely used in prisons, schools, traumatized cultures, government agencies, etc. for over 35 years and over 18,000 workshops facilitated by professionals and non-professionals. AVP has active programs in most states [and over 50 countries] and is being brought to North Carolina by Quaker House in Fayetteville, where they have been working with the military for years, most recently focusing on domestic violence. They are offering the Basic [April 4-6], Advanced [April 25-27]and Training of Facilitators [May 30-June 1] workshops this year. Each workshop offers 18 CEUs. The skills learned with this full immersion experiential workshop can be used in private practice, church groups and community groups; especially with youth at risk. FLIER
This is great news for providers. Dave has been one of us and now he is the Deputy Secretary. Here is the announcement:
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Aldona Wos announced that Dave Richard will become the Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Services, effective March 14.
Since May 2013, Richard has served as the director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. In his new role, he will lead DHHS’ effort to create a true continuum of care in the behavioral health arena by overseeing the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services and the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities. This move will help DHHS better align and improve service delivery between the LME/MCO system and state operated facilities. He will also continue his work on the Crisis Solutions Initiative Coalition as well as other critical mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services transformations.
“Creating the Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Services position is an important step in achieving the Governor’s and the Department’s vision of improved behavioral health, substance abuse and developmental disability services across the state,” said Secretary Wos, M.D. “This is part of a continuing effort to organize DHHS to meet the challenges of an evolving healthcare system and create more coordinated, efficient and effective methods for providing services for North Carolina citizens.”
“Dave Richard has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the behavioral health, substance abuse and developmental disability fields,” said Wos. “I am excited about the leadership Dave will provide in improving the integration of healthcare in North Carolina.”
Prior to joining the DHHS team, he served as the executive director for The Arc of North Carolina for 24 years.
Dr. Courtney Cantrell has been named the Acting Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. Most recently, she worked as policy adviser for integrated care within the division. Cantrell has been intimately involved in the development of the Medicaid reform plan, ensuring that proposed reforms take into account the needs of beneficiaries, providers, and stakeholders, and that whole-person care is infused into the new system. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Florida State University.
Cantrell and Dale Armstrong, who was recently announced as the Director of the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities, will report to Dave Richard.
The Licensing Board [NCBLPC] has reopened the public comment period for the proposed changes in the regulations as of March 17 until May 16, with a public meeting at their office from 12:00 to 2:00 on May 12. See their announcement ANNOUNCEMENT Many of the proposed changes are for clarification, but some are substantial. To see all the proposed changes go to PROPOSED CHANGES or go to their website at www.ncblpc.org.
Briefly, the significant changes are:
- License requirements
- Practicum and internship are to be counted separately.
- Each group supervision is for a minimum of 2 hours per 40 hours experience.
- As of July 1, 2017, all supervisors must have their LPCS.
- LPCS license requirements are 3 semester graduate credits or 45 contact hours in clinical supervision.
- LPCS renewal: 10 hours of clinical supervision continuing education in addition to 40 hours.
- Address and name changes must be into the Board within 30 days.
- Requirements for licensure with a foreign country degree.
- Established “Candidate for Licensure Pending” status when application is missing one or more requirements. Application will be reviewed at the next Board meeting and if documents submitted, application will be approved. Applicant has 60 days to provide requested documents or status will revert back to “Application in Review.”
- All licensure and renewal fees have been increased from $100 to $200. [Note: the Licensing Board is financially self-sustaining and receives no government funding.]
- If a license expires, you cannot practice until the license is renewed.
- Renewals may be done either electronically or paper format. The forms are available on the NCBLPC website.
- Continuing education documentation must be retained for 7 years.
- The Licensing Board will do an audit of a percentage of renewals and for any continuing education hours not approved, the applicant will have 45 days [previously 90 days] to replace the hours not approved.