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  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:23 PM | Valentino Norton (Administrator)

    Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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

    Helpful Resources

  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021 8:28 PM | Valentino Norton (Administrator)

    Those who qualify can review the Medicaid Transportation for COVID-19 Vaccinations flyer to schedule an appointment and a ride to a COVID-19 vaccination site.

    Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

    Time: 5:30 p.m., ET

    Call-In Number: 888-585-9008

    Conference Room ID: 208-305-233

    Submit Questions in Advance: Provider.COVID19@flhealth.gov

  • Monday, March 01, 2021 7:17 PM | Valentino Norton (Administrator)

    New sites seeking access to COVID-19 therapeutic products can currently access registration through the link below.

    https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/255d164d67834793b4ab549e160941e8

    For information on direct ordering, please visit the link below.
    https://www.phe.gov/emergency/events/COVID19/investigation-MCM/Documents/Overview%20of%20direct%20order%20process%20Fact%20Sheet-508.pdf
  • Monday, January 11, 2021 3:51 PM | Delia Janice LaTorre (Administrator)

    Important Updates Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines, Launch of Newly Licensed Health Care Providers and Facilities Lookup, and Reactivation of Inactive Licenses
    January 11, 2021

    Click HERE (highlight "HERE", then right click on "open link in new window")

  • Thursday, November 05, 2020 5:18 PM | Delia Janice LaTorre (Administrator)

    Informal election results report from our Lobbyist, Corinne Mixon

    Good Morning, FMHCA Members

    Please see message below from the FMHCA Lobbyist, Corinne Mixon

    Tuesday's general election produced record turnout and record early and vote by mail voting by the people of Florida. An excess of 11 million votes were cast in the state. Republicans are celebrating Florida victories where the party performed very well on Tuesday. Please see the below and attached reports.

    As you likely know, the Presidential race remains too close to call. The balance of power in the US Senate is still undecided. Seven seats are still not called as of this report. The US House of Representatives will, at a minimum, remain in Democratic control, with final numbers still in process.

    At the State level, the House and Senate both remain in Republican control with majorities of 76 Republicans to 44 Democrats and 23 Republicans to 17 Democrats, respectively. Notably, Senate District 37 which is currently held by Democrat José Javier Rodríguez is headed for a recount with the incumbent democrat down by a slim 28 votes as of Wednesday morning. There were no Florida statewide offices up for reelection this cycle such as the Governor, Cabinet or either US Senators.

    There were only a few incumbent members of the Florida’s Congressional Delegation and State Legislature who lost their reelection bids:

    • Rep. Jennifer Webb (D) – HD 69
    • Rep. Cindy Polo (D) -- HD 103
    • Rep. Delores Hogan Johnson (D) – HD 84
    • Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) – HD 26
    • Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D) – HD 27

    The state legislature results are attached. Thank you for allowing us to be your voice in Tallahassee.

    Please click on the link below for the State Legislature Results

    2020 House and Senate Election Results_.pdf


  • Tuesday, October 06, 2020 1:03 PM | Anonymous member


    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



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