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If you'd like to join our Advocacy Committee or would like to bring an

Advocacy or Legislative topic to our attention, please contact us.

RSVP for Mental Health Hill Day here: RSVP Here: https://www.memberplanet.com/s/scca/hilldayrsvp

Advocacy

Advocacy Alerts!

1. COUNSELING COMPACT - 33 states have now enacted the Compact. We must get a hearing with the SC House Committee on Labor & Commerce - contact these representatives via this link: https://www.scstatehouse.gov/CommitteeInfo/houselci.php

2. MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT - Counselors can begin their application to get paneled with Medicare NOW! Reimbursement begins January 01, 2024. All information needed here.

 

3. COUNSELOR STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT - Federal laws are moving on student loan repayment for certain counselors. Currently S.462 would provide student loan assistance to substance use counselors/addictions counselors. ACA and SCCA are advocating for expansion to all counseling professionals. 

 

4. MEDICAID ADVOCACY - SCCA has secured a meeting with SCDHHS Director Kerr in January where we will discuss barriers to Medicaid coverage, the burden of auditing on clinicians and need for a more standardized procedure. Please continue to support this petition here.

 

5. HILL DAY 2024 - SCCA is excited to host our first ever Hill Day on March 6th! As of February 14th, the South Carolina State Legislature has adopted a resolution to make March 6th (our first ever Hill Day!!!) as "Mental Health Advocacy Day" in South Carolina!
Check out more here:
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/billsearch.php?billnumbers=5093&session=125&summary=B

RSVP Here: https://www.memberplanet.com/s/scca/hilldayrsvp

 

SC Medicaid

We have joined the effort with BAKERS Counseling Service, LLC to help create change in South Carolina's Medicaid practices. 

 

What can you do?

Sign the petition here

Submit your personal testimony by emailing us here

Resources, Events and Opportunities

Counseling Compact

The Counseling Compact legislation will 'carry-over' into the 2024 session and the SCCA plans to continue to advocate for this to pass.

Thirty-one states have now enacted the Counseling Compact, with Connecticut becoming the most recent state to enact. These states include AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, OH, OK, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY.

 

Keep track of the bill here

Information on The Counseling Compact here

Federal Updates

 

Help Improve the Federal Parity Act: ACA is responding to the Biden Administration’s proposed rulemaking for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

 

We are requesting you and your organizations consider responding to the rule as well. The deadline to respond is 5 p.m. Eastern on October 2, 2023. Let’s increase access to care together. View sample markups and templates in this toolkit to help you craft your comments.

Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee is responsible for monitoring, reviewing, and taking appropriate action in consultation with the President, regarding state legislation and regulations that affect counseling.

 

Federal legislation and regulation will also be monitored by the Advocacy Committee, with action as appropriate in concert with the American Counseling Association.

Resources

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