American Mental Health Counselors Association

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The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is a growing community of nearly 7,000 clinical mental health counselors. Together, we make a critical impact on the lives of Americans. AMHCA succeeds in giving a voice to our profession nationwide and in helping to serve you and your colleagues in your state. MLCPCA is the state chapter of AMHCA.  Below, you will find relevant updates, information, and resources.


American Mental Health Counselors Association The only organization working exclusively for mental health counselors. TRICARE Provider Certification Reminder May 3, 2013 – Last year, clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs) won recognition for independent practice within the TRICARE program. TRICARE’s regional carriers are now processing certification applications for CMHCs, and many providers have already qualified. Have you considered seeking independent TRICARE provider status before the grandfather period ends? AMHCA strongly encourages all eligible CMHCs to consider seeking independent provider status under the program during a grandfather period that ends in December 2014. TRICARE certification helps CMHCs to advance their professional standing at the federal level as well as ensures individual practitioners may serve TRICARE beneficiaries long into the future. Once the grandfather period closes on January 1, 2015, practitioners that do not meet more restrictive certification standards will be permanently excluded from participation. The TRICARE certification requirements are very specific and not all current licensees will qualify for certification, even with the grandfather provision. AMHCA encourages providers to carefully review certification requirements before submitting an application. View our summary and links to key TRICARE policies For more information, contact James K. Finley, AMHCA associate executive director/director of public policy, at The mission of the American Mental Health Counselors Association is to enhance the profession of mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development.