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AMHCA Launches New Paper Series

Tuesday, November 4, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Whitney Meyerhoeffer
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For Immediate Release: November 4, 2014
Contact: Whitney Meyerhoeffer

AMHCA Announces Launch of Special Series:“Emerging Clinical
Practice Briefs”

A New Initiative to Focus on Operationalizing Clinical, Policy and Program Issues for
Clinical Mental Health Counselors

Alexandria, VA – The American Mental Health Counselors Association announces a new paper series for clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs) aimed at providing information on treatment strategies and policy and program aspects of clinical practices. AMHCAs new Emerging Clinical Practice Briefs – will provide technical assistance, identify best practices and highlight lessons learned on successful strategies for practitioners on a range of areas related to the delivery and financing of mental health services in the era of health care reform. The series will also have implications for clinical practice. AMHCAs Advancement of Clinical Practice Committee has spearheaded the practice brief as part of an overall effort on clinical mental health professional development and to address the needs of individual CMHCs.

Provisions embodied in the Affordable Care Act focus on prevention to improve population health, quality measurement and reporting, and efforts to increase the supply of mental health professionals in order to strengthen the health care safety net. At the same time, the legislation creates new policy, program and operational challenges for behavioral health care professionals like CMHCs, and behavioral health organizations.

Through the practice briefs, AMHCA will provide strategies and approaches that CMHCs can implement to better position their practices to advertise and promote their experience and expertise as “primary mental care providers” and assist employers, unions, insurers and payers in implementing mental illness prevention programs.

The premier issue of the new practice series provides a series of steps on how CMHCs can better organize and position private practices to become a Medicaid Preferred Provider. Download the report.

“We are at the starting gate on an array of environmental initiatives affecting the clinical mental health counseling profession such as emerging and new clinical and scientific advances in mental health care to new care delivery and financing approaches as part of health care reform, that will affect the profession in profound ways,” said Dr. Stephen Giunta, President of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

I believe that “AMHCA’s Emerging Clinical Practice Briefs” series will help guide and prepare CMHCs in order to thrive in this ever-changing health care landscape,” he added.

I greatly appreciate the work of AMHCA’s Advancement of Clinical Practice Committee in launching this new content program and the hard work of Judith Harrington, the chair of the Committee, in identifying critically important clinical and program issues on behalf of AMHCA members, Dr. Giunta noted.


The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) works to enhance the
profession of mental health counseling through advocacy, education, licensure, and
professional development.

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