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VACC wants to make you aware of this petition and give you an opportunity to comment on it....Regards, Michael Nahl (Past-President) ...

AMHCA Praises Final Rule on TRICARE Certified Mental Health Counselors

Alexandria, VA – July 17, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Defense published a final rule today to implement the TRICARE Certified Mental Health Counselor (TCMHC) provider type as a qualified mental health provider authorized to independently diagnose and treat TRICARE beneficiaries and receive payment for services.

The final rule goes into effect on August 18, 2014.
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Advocacy Update – Federal Recognition of Professional Counselors

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently informed NBCC that it has indefinitely postponed the creation of a federal occupational series for professional counselors. NBCC responded immediately and sought congressional assistance.

An occupational series is a government classification that establishes the minimum qualifications for federal employees and authorizes agency-wide employment. A series is necessary to ensure the federal government employs counselors in positions that reflect their education, training and scope of practice.

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December 29, 2011 Virginia Board of CounselingPerimeter Center 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 Henrico Virginia 23233-1463 Dear Board Members:   TRICARE recently amended its standards to allow for independent practic ...


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