Alerts!

Please check this page regularly to be alerted to calls for action!
 Sample Alert:

 Date:  10/22/17
 Issue:  Scope of Practice Clarification 
 Action Needed: Please contact St. Senator "Smith's" office (Chair of  Senate Higher Education Committee) ASAP to remind him of the need for  his support for the diagnosis bill, so the bill can move out of committee.  Please visit the Downloadable Documents page for more info about the  legislation.
             - St. Sen. Smith's contact info: (link)
Contact Us
 Date: 1/8/16
 Issue:  The remaining BC/BS company that does not accept LMHC's/LMFT's



 BC/BS of Western NY - Like Excellus, BC/BS of Western NY also does not  accept LMHC's or LMFT's. Unlike Excellus, LMHC's who inquired were told that  LMHC's are "not qualified." 

 Action Needed: LMHC's/LMFT's in the  BC/BS of Western NY  catchment areas are urged to apply to become providers with them, and when  rejected, file a complaint with the company. If you have been rejected  by them  please contact them every 3 months and ask the same question about  inclusion on their panels.

 Below is a sample letter on how to lodge a complaint with BC/BS.

 Date:  Fall 2017
 Issue:  Upgrade of LMHC Licensure Requirements 
 Action Needed: Please your local State Senators to ask them to  support/co-sponsor S.6582 (Helming).  This bill calls for the licensure  requirements for LMHC's to match those of LCSW's, and is our best  chance of getting the authority to diagnose.

 Please visit the Downloadable Documents page for more info about the  legislation and different ways you can lobby for this legislation.


 Date:  Fall 2017
 Issue:  Call for Civil Service Department to Prepare a Report Regarding                  the Classification of Mental Health Practitioners
 Action Needed: Please your local state Assembly members to ask them to  support/co-sponsor A.8140 (Gunther).  This bill calls for Civil Service to prepare a report outlining appropriate salary grades for positions in state agencies(and not for profit agencies) that require Civil Service titles.

 Please visit the Downloadable Documents page for more info about the  legislation and different ways you can lobby for this legislation.


 Date:  Fall 2017
 Issue:  Call for the State Education Department to Create a Certification  to Allow LMHC's to be Hired by School Districts to Provide Services in  School  Settings.
 Action Needed: Please your local state legislators to ask them to  support/co-sponsor A.981 (Nolan)/ S.6002 (Marcellino).  This bill calls for  the SED to establish a certification that will allow school districts to hire  LMHC's directly.  Currently LMHC's can only work in school districts if  hired by and outside agency.

 Please visit the Downloadable Documents page for more info about the  legislation and different ways you can lobby for this legislation.