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  • Tuesday, October 06, 2020 1:03 PM | KEN DONALDSON LMHC CAP (Administrator)


    You are invited to "Drinks With Shrinks," Thursday, October 22, from 4 - 8 p.m. Appetizers and alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) drinks Included.

    Dr. Walt Griffith and his TMS Therapy staff welcome SMHCA members, those who've attended SMHCA events, and all other Mental Health Professionals in the greater Tampa Bay Community.

    **Please RSVP (so they have enough food and drinks for all of us!!) to: (727) 577-1203**

    Event will be held at Dr. Griffith's TMS Therapy Center at 5565 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703

    https://drtmstherapy.com/tms-glp/

    Bring a friend and/or spouse.

    Thank you, Dr Griffith, for all you do to help with mental wellness and professional development.


  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:46 PM | Delia Janice LaTorre (Administrator)

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    AMHCA's 2020 Fall Virtual Summit

    The AMHCA Summit on “integrating Cultural Competency Skills into Your Practice” will provide several presentations on better understanding the origins and dynamics of cultural diversity, and how to address several problems through cultural humility, cultural opportunities, and cultural comfort into your daily practice. You will learn hands-on strategies for increasing multi-cultural competencies in your work with clients and improving your overall counseling effectiveness.

    More Information & Registration Go To:

    https://www.amhca.org/fallsummit (highlight and right click)

    PROGRAM

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

    • Greetings from AMHCA President, Angele Moss-Baker, LPC
    • Black Americans and Systemic Racism-Related Stress: Effects on Mental Health and Brain Health
    • The Influence of Systemic Racism on Body Shame and Diet Culture
    • Race-Based Trauma and Mental Health
    • Using Cultural Humility to Dismantle White Supremacy in Counseling
    Friday, November 20, 2020
    • Greetings from AMHCA President-Elect and Chair of AMHCA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, Dr. Beverly Smith
    • Facilitating Difficult Discussions About Power, Privilege, and Race for Current and Future Clinical Mental Health Counselors
    • Unity in Diversity: Dynamics and Challenges in Interracial/Interethnic Marriages
    • Microcounseling Interventions: Skills to Address Racism and Microaggressions in Session
    • Intergenerational Trauma and Its Impact on African Americans
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:52 AM | Delia Janice LaTorre (Administrator)

    Florida Department of Health

    Update on Mandatory Reporting of COVID-19 Results to Florida Department of Health
    September 26, 2020

    • On August 25, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued an Interim Final Rule implementing the CARES Act requirement for daily laboratory reporting for COVID-19 test results, with a penalty of $1,000 for the first day of noncompliance and an additional $500 penalty for each subsequent day of noncompliance.
    • On September 11, 2020, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) issued Emergency Order 20-013 prohibiting laboratories that have not reported results of COVID-19 testing performed by the laboratory within 7 days of the completion of the COVID-19 test from electronically submitting the untimely test results through the HL7 Electronic Laboratory Reporting System (ELR) until authorized by FDOH.
      • Upon discovering delinquency in COVID-19 electronic reporting please contact the FDOH ELR program at the following e-mail address: DLElectronicLabReporting@flhealth.gov.
      • In addition, laboratories must immediately comply with Florida Administrative Code Rule 64D-3.031(6) by reporting COVID-19 results, without delay, by fax to the State Surgeon General (fax number (850) 414-6894) and the local FDOH of the patient’s county of residence. For a list of county health departments and their reporting contact information, please visit: www.FLhealth.gov/chdepicontact.

    This effort is in support of the Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19.

    For additional information, please visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

    Additional Resources:

    CMS COVID-19 Testing and Reporting Requirements
    HHS Laboratory Data Reporting for COVID-19 FAQ

  • Thursday, September 10, 2020 9:42 AM | Delia Janice LaTorre (Administrator)

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    House Committee Passes Mental Health Counselor Medicare Legislation

    September 9, 2020

    Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved HR 945 in an historic vote supporting Medicare coverage for the counseling profession. While this legislation has passed both the House and Senate twice over the years, never before has the bill been voted on as a standalone measure rather than part of a broader package.

    AMHCA Legislative Affairs consultant, David Bergman, posted an advocacy update in the AMHCA community today

    Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr’s (D-NJ) opening remarks described HR 945 as “bipartisan legislation that would improve access to mental health providers in the Medicare program by covering mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist services.”

    The sponsors of HR 945, Congressmen Mike Thompson (D-CA) and John Katko (R-NY), fought hard for inclusion of the legislation in the markup. They worked closely with committee staff and Members to build support for passage. Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) also pushed for the bill, speaking on its behalf at the markup calling it a “blessing” and stating that “passage is a priority to me.” The Committee reported the bill to the full House by voice vote.

    The future of HR 945 in this Congress is difficult to forecast. There are limited legislative workdays before Members leave for campaigning in October, although there is expected to be a post-election lame duck session that may provide additional opportunity. Further, a Senate calendar packed with COVID relief legislation and annual appropriations is offering little room for movement of our Senate companion bill, S. 286.

    While the President’s signature cannot be guaranteed in the 116th Congress, this historic vote shouldn’t be underestimated. There remain paths for passage this year, and even if success is elusive, the Committee approval strengthens the chance for approval in the next Congress when mental health legislation is anticipated.

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    AMHCA thanks all members and leaders who contacted your Representatives in support of HR 945. We wouldn’t have been successful without your efforts and urge you to keep up the good work when we make our next push. We also encourage you to contact your Representatives, particularly our champions, to thank them for their support.

    You can use the following link to find your Representative with email and phone numbers:

    Find my Representative


  • Friday, September 04, 2020 11:37 AM | Delia Janice LaTorre (Administrator)
    Florida Department of Health - www.floridahealth.gov
    Florida Department of Health

    Important Updates for Health Care Provider Telephone Conference Call for COVID-19
    September 2, 2020

    Updated Health Care Provider Telephone Conference Call Information

    Beginning Tuesday, September 15, 2020, the health care provider telephone conference will be held bi-weekly, every other Tuesday at 5:30 pm. Participants are asked to email questions in advance to Provider.COVID19@flhealth.gov no later than close of business on the Monday preceding the call. All participants will be muted during these calls to help streamline information delivery. The State Surgeon General, Dr. Scott A. Rivkees, in collaboration with Secretary Mary Mayhew from the Agency for Health Care Administration, will provide updates from the Department of Health on the COVID-19 response efforts, provide a briefing from the Agency for Health Care Administration, offer updates from other state agencies and address questions submitted from our health care providers. This call is not transcribed or recorded. If you are interested in joining this weekly telephone conference call, please see the updated call-in information below:

    Date: Every Other Tuesday
    Time: 5:30 pm, ET
    Call-In Number: 888-585-9008
    Conference Room ID: 208-305-233
    Submit Questions in Advance: Provider.COVID19@flhealth.gov



  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 5:47 PM | Delia Janice LaTorre (Administrator)


    Florida Department of Health

    Important Updates for Health Care Provider Telephone Conference Call for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    July 16, 2020

    Updated Weekly Health Care Provider Telephone Conference Call Information

    Beginning Tuesday, July 21, 2020, the weekly health care provider telephone conference call will resume with a new start time: 5:30 pm. Participants are asked to email questions in advance to Provider.COVID19@flhealth.gov no later than close of business on the Monday preceding the call. All participants will be muted during these calls to help streamline information delivery. The State Surgeon General, Dr. Scott A. Rivkees, in collaboration with Secretary Mary Mayhew from the Agency for Health Care Administration, will provide updates from the Department of Health on the COVID-19 response efforts, provide a briefing from the Agency for Health Care Administration, offer updates from other state agencies and address questions submitted from our health care providers. If you are interested in joining this weekly telephone conference call, please see the updated call-in information below:

    Date: Every Tuesday
    Time: 5:30 pm
    Call-In Number: 888-585-9008
    Conference Room ID: 208-305-233
    Submit Questions in Advance: Provider.COVID19@flhealth.gov



  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 4:22 PM | Delia Janice LaTorre (Administrator)

    Please highlight and right click on the link below: 

    https://www.amhca.org/blogs/joel-miller/2020/06/03/a-statement-of-the-american-mental-health-counselo

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:48 PM | KEN DONALDSON LMHC CAP (Administrator)

     

    Join us online this summer for AMHCA's 2020 Annual Conference, June 24 - 26

    We are still be energized, empowered and unified and ready to shape the future of the mental health profession.

    Click here to registerhttps://www.amhca.org/conference/registration

    There is no stopping us!

    We hope you will join us in putting on a great virtual conference that can energize, empower, and unify our profession.

  • Saturday, May 23, 2020 4:25 PM | KEN DONALDSON LMHC CAP (Administrator)

    The House released its fifth COVID-19 relief package on Tuesday and counselor Medicare language was not included.  While this is a setback, we still have the opportunity to pass of our legislation. At the direction of our congressional champions, AMHCA is now shifting our grassroots advocacy to the Senate. We are urging counselors to take up the charge and contact your Senator to add S. 286 into its COVID-19 package. The Senate timeline is unclear, but they appear on a slower track than the House so there remains time to influence the process.

    As previously reported, AMHCA is working closely with our allied organizations from counseling, MFT, and behavioral health clinics to add our language to this upcoming COVID bill. 

    We will not be included in the Senate COVID legislation if U.S. Senators don’t hear from you about the importance of S. 286. We urge you to contact your two Senators and ask them to include our Medicare bill in their stimulus package. 

    Contact your Senators today!  Use the link below to find your Senator with email and phone numbers: 

    https://www.senate.gov/senators/index.htm (top left corner)

    Sample message for call or email [please fill in bracketed sections]:

    I am a mental health counselor from [city/state]. I urge Senator [___] to include S. 286 in the COVID-19 relief bill currently under development.  This legislation authorizes licensed mental health counselors to provide mental health and addiction services to Medicare beneficiaries. Research shows the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to create a behavioral health crisis and there are not enough mental health professionals to meet the needs of the Medicare population.  I urge Senator [____] to increase the availability of behavioral health services by including S. 286 in the COVID-19 relief bill.  Thank you for your consideration.

    Thank you for taking action!

    SMHCA Legislative Chair


  • Sunday, May 17, 2020 7:19 AM | KEN DONALDSON LMHC CAP (Administrator)


    Call to Action: Save this date and please post a pic, story, poem, song, scripture or whatever God puts on your heart in remembrance of a veteran and/or family who lost a veteran to suicide on this page. We will read them off at our Special Memorial event. #VCVSpecialmemorial

    On may 25th at 630 p.m., on Zoom and FB Live, Veterans Counseling Veterans is hosting a Virtual Special Memorial service in honor of our Military and Veterans who died by suicide.

    Please click the link below to join the webinar:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87153234101?pwd=V0FPbHcrMGo3eWVoM3BqUVFlNG1OQT09

    Password: 959868

    Guests will include:

    Chaplain Linda Pugsley

    Pastor DJ Springman

    Carol Rasor (lost Marine son Joe to suicide)


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