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Advocacy

Advocacy Alerts!

1. COUNSELING COMPACT - **UPDATE 5/2024** South Carolina has officially ratified the Counseling Compact into law! Click here to read our blog post with more information!

 

There is still work to do for South Carolina counselors to practice within the Compact.  Right now, the Compact Commission is working to create the rules and regulations to enact the Compact.  South Carolina will also be assigning a delegate to the Compact Commission. 

Currently, it looks like applications for counselors to practice in the Compact will open at the end of 2024 or beginning of 2025, but we will keep you updated!

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 - **UPDATE 5/2024** The ACA is asking us to contact our Federal Congressmen to support S.462 which is a student loan repayment program for mental health professionals. 

S.462 - 118th Congress (2023-2024): Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act of 2023 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

We have 9 Congressmen from SC at the Federal level:

Legislative Search Results | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

TAKE ACTION NOW: Take Action - Engage and Amplify Your Voice (counseling.org) 

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.

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 has passed and been ratified by Gov. Henry McMaster as of the end of the 2024 legislative session!  This means that South Carolina is now the 35th state to enact the Compact!

Thirty-five states have now enacted the Counseling Compact, with Connecticut becoming the most recent state to enact. These states include AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, OH, OK, SC, 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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