LARA Reminder: Patient Record Requirements

July 25, 2018

The Bureau often receives complaints from individuals who are unable to obtain their medical records or about medical records that are mishandled by providers. We want to remind providers of the requirements to maintain and provide medical records.

Pursuant to Michigan law, MCL 333.16213, an individual licensed or registered under the Public Health Code must keep and maintain a record for each patient for whom they have provided medical services. Unless a longer retention period is required under federal or state laws or regulations, or by generally accepted standards of medical or professional practice, a licensee must keep and retain each record for a minimum of 7 years from the date of service for that patient. A licensee is obligated under statute to fulfill these requirements, even in the event a licensee sells or closes their practice, retires from practice, or otherwise ceases to practice.

A licensee that fails to comply with this requirement is subject to administrative action against their license, including a fine up to $10,000.00. Further details regarding a licensee’s obligation to maintain patient records can be found here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office via email at BPLHelp@michigan.gov.

Sincerely,

Bureau of Professional Licensing

AMHCA Virtual Action Advocacy Day June 18th, 2018

A m e r i c a n M e n t a l H e a l t h
C o u n s e l o r s A s s o c i a t i o n
# S e n i o r s N e e d M H C o u n s e l o r s
C a m p a i g n
ABOUT THE SENIORS MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS
IMPROVEMENT ACT
If passed by the U.S. Congress, the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act
(S. 1879/HR 3032) would include licensed mental health counselors and marriage and
family therapists as eligible recipients of Medicare funding.
OVERALL GOAL
On
Monday, June 18, 2018
the entire mental health counselor community is uniting
through social media outreach, combined with calls, to U.S. Senate and House offices, to build support for and pass S. 1879/HR 3032 into law. We need your help to pressure your Representatives to support the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Calls to select Senators and Representatives
Facebook posts, tag ging targeted Members of Congress and using
#SeniorsNeedMHCounselors
Twitter posts, tag ging targeted Members of Congress and using
#SeniorsNeedMHCounselors

Behavioral Health Provider Educational Seminar

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are offering a seminar for behavioral health providers. Topics covered will include many of the applications available through Blue Cross and BCN Provider Secured Services, including e-referral, Benefit Explainer, and Provider Enrollment and Change Self-Service. You only need to attend one educational conference as the same information will be provided at each.
Tuesday, July 18, 9 a.m. – Noon (RSVP by July 9)
 
Complete the attached form and send it to RSVP.

Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR Therapy Training

Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR Therapy Training

(Formerly EMDR Level 1 and Level 2)

is coming to Troy, Michigan!

Sponsored by Hough Counseling and Assessments, PLLC

EMDR Basic Training with the Personal Transformation Institute, meets and exceeds the EMDRIA requirements. The complete training includes 10 hours of consultation. Other trainings offer only 1 part at a time and do not include the cost of consultation in the total training package.

DATES OF THE TROY TRAINING ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Sept. 13-15 & Oct. 18-20, 2018

REGISTER HERE: https://emdr-training.net/emdr-training-event/troy-mi-fall-2018/

Training fee: $1499.00, $1399.00 if registered and paid 30 days in advance of training.

Fee includes all 6 days of training and the required 10 hours of consultation!

$200 group discount for 4 or more registering together.

Participants must attend all six days to be fully trained and eventually eligible for certification through EMDRIA.   This training is EMDRIA Approved!

If you have any questions please contact HoughCounseling@msn.com

NBCC Announces A Proposed Uniform Portability Plan for Professional Counselors

PRESS RELEASE: June 5, 2017

COUNSELING ORGANIZATIONS PROPOSE PORTABILITY PROCESS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO CARE

WASHINGTON, DC – A groundbreaking collaborative effort of four major professional counseling organizations aimed at improving access to quality mental health care nationwide has resulted in a proposed uniform portability plan called the National Counselor Licensure Endorsement Process.

The four organizations – the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) – believe that a uniform licensure endorsement process will:

  • Significantly increase public access to qualified care.
  • Establish minimum standards for safe practice.
  • Reduce administrative burdens for state regulatory boards and licensees.
  • Create consistency in licensure standards across state lines.
  • Ensure protection of the public and the continued development of the profession.

An overarching goal of the initiative is to move the counseling profession toward unified education standards, exam requirements and years of postgraduate experience. To see the National Counselor Licensure Endorsement Process, please go to http://www.amhca.org/portability2017.

Let’s Keep The Momentum Going Forward!

The new year is upon us!  This is the time of year we generally prepare ourselves for ambitious plans, renewing commitments and eliminating clutter.  We have high expectations and great hope for an exciting year that offers us plenty of opportunities to grow and be better versions of ourselves.
In this same spirit, I am very excited to serve as the current president of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association, standing on the shoulders of past presidents  that served as impactful leaders in the field of counseling, it is both a privilege and honor to share in those efforts.  We currently have one of the best leadership teams in the state of Michigan that make up the board of MMHCA.  Day in and day out our Executive and General board invests meaningful time, great energy and a wealth of ideas to contribute to the growth of Professional Counselors across the state.  This upcoming year, the MMHCA team is very excited to put our best foot forward in offering Professional Counselors statewide one of the best membership experiences.
MMHCA’s mission is to develop and empower the mental health counseling profession and promote mental health for the community.  This year we intend to offer more diverse programming and supportive networking events that help members connect to like-minded professionals in the field, and develop relationships that can help impact their role as professional counselors.  These events help to bring us together and hear other voices from across the state and learn how we may support each other in the work that we do.  Truly we will accomplish much more as cohesive members of the profession instead of being fractured and spread out without any connection.
Not only do we intend to make meaningful strides in programming, we plan to continue working hard on the advocacy and legislative needs of professional counselors.  Over the past few years the leadership of MMHCA has been able to partner with key lobbying efforts to advocate on behalf of the professional counselor.  The significance of our voice is dependent upon our membership, the more we grow in numbers, the stronger and more solidified our voice becomes.   We need your membership and support to continue to strive for public policy initiatives that serve our professions interest, parity, and portability for our profession.  We are proud to represent and advocate for you the members of MMHCA, as well as, the future members of this great organization.
It is a great time to be a professional counselor in the state of Michigan. We continue to work on projects that have been started years ago, while starting a very worthwhile movement to positively impact our profession. B.F. Skinner said, “It is not a question of starting.  The start has been made.  It is a question of what is to be done from now on”.
We need your help to keep the momentum moving forward!

Courageously,

Napoleon Harrington MA, LPC, NCC 

Human Trafficking Information

There has been much confusion regarding the required training standards by the new Michigan Law regarding Human Trafficking.

It is difficult to determine what you are obligated to take to meet the state requirements.  If your only goal is to meet the minimum standards, then our training is probably not for you.

MMHCA decided to offer the best workshop available based on the laws outline. We created the best possible training available. Here is how we did it.

Dr. Jeremy Norwood who is on the faculty at Spring Arbor University was approached to develop the workshop. He used the stated language from the bill and developed an outline. We then looked at his extensive knowledge of the topic and decided to have him produce a powerful workshop based on his knowledge and experiences.

Go to our website for more information regarding Dr. Norwood and what you will learn in the workshop.

In addition to his extensive work in this arena, every year he takes a group of students to Asia to study Human Trafficking. Dr. Norwood is presently in Cambodia with a group of students studying the sociological impact and its connection to US trafficking.

Those that have taken the workshop describe it as powerful and intense. They walk away with a greater understanding of the major impact and possible strategies for intervention.

Please consider our offering. It will change your life for the better. In addition, it qualifies for 6 hours of CEU’s and a certificate to prove your participation.

We encourage health professionals and graduate students to use our workshops for the best quality training in Michigan.