Public Policy & Advocacy

Keep public policy supporting you, your profession, and your clients with AMCD’s advocacy initiatives in Congress, state legislatures and local government.  Get the latest information about recognition under Medicare, standardization, portability, access to mental health services and the changing healthcare industry. Reap the benefits of AMCD’s growing collaborative relationships with professional organizations, government agencies and consumer groups.

Clinical Mental Health and Marriage, Couples and Family Counselors are well qualified to provide covered mental health benefits. All fifty states license CMHC and MCFC to diagnose and treat mental health disorders. Medicare beneficiaries need more MH services, particularly in rural, reservations and underserved areas. CMHCs and MCFCs are trained to serve these populations and are geographically accessible. The time has come to give all Medicare beneficiaries access to a qualified professional by recognizing CMHCs and MCFCs in the Medicare program. Congress should pass HR 3032 recognizing Clinical Mental Health Counselors as covered Medicare providers.

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For additional information committee opportunities, contact Audrey Elion, Public Policy & Legislative Committee –aelion1@yahoo.com