New Perspective Counseling Looking for Two Contractual Part Time Therapists

Clinical Therapist – LMSW, LPC, Ph.D –Part-Time

Then New Perspective Counseling has a great opportunity for you. We are looking for 2 contractual part time therapists to provide outpatient mental health to individuals with anxiety, depression and PTSD. The office is conveniently located in Highland, Michigan.

Benefits for you

  • Competitive compensation.
  • Pick your own hours, work as many or as few hours as you like.
  • Steady flow of referrals, to build caseload
  • We provide the billing, marketing and administrative support so you can focus on the therapy.
  • Warm and welcoming environment for you and your clients.

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will be a skilled clinician, professional yet down to earth and capable of engaging clients in the therapeutic process.

  • Fully licensed MSW, LPC or PhD Psychologist.
  • Three or more years experience.
  • Enjoys working with individuals and couples.
  • EMDR trained a plus but not required
  • Insurance credentialing a plus but not required

Learn more and apply

If you are a licensed psychotherapist looking to make a difference while enjoying a supportive workplace and the benefits of private practice I hope you will consider joining New Perspective Counseling. To start the process submit your resume to .

Report: Hundreds of thousands of substance abuse, mental health patients go untreated in Michigan

Highest percentage of untreated for mental illness are uninsured; for substance use, percentages are higher for privately insured Strategies to improve treatment include recruiting more providers, expanding school access Report prepared by Altarum Institute and funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund
This map shows the number of untreated individuals with mental illness and substance use disorder and the percent of those who are untreated.

More than 650,000 people in Michigan with a mental illness and over 500,000 with a substance use disorder fail to receive any treatment for their conditions, according to a new study by Altarum, an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit health care consulting institute.

Altarum found that the highest percentage of people who go untreated for mental illness are the uninsured (65 percent) and Medicaid enrollees (49 percent). But for a substance use disorder, the percentages are higher for the privately insured (87 percent) and Medicare Advantage enrollees (80 percent).

“Substance use disorders and mental illness have been on the rise in the United States and Michigan and policymakers are looking for practical solutions. This research characterizes the unmet need and provides insight into strategies likely to be effective in closing the gap in behavioral health care,” Emily Ehrlich, director of Altarum’s Center for Behavioral Health, said in a statement.

The study was commissioned and funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, a foundation set up when Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan converted into a nonprofit mutual insurer in 2013.

Altarum officials said the purpose of the study is to better understand the current state of access in order to address gaps in care amid rising rates of behavioral health-related conditions in Michigan and across the United States, especially among young adults.

“This report provides a critical baseline for understanding and improving behavioral health care access in Michigan,” Health Fund Program Director Becky Cienki said in a statement. “We now have a clearer picture of the gaps and barriers to treatment, and we’ll use the insights and recommendations from this study to guide the Health Fund’s grantmaking strategy.”

Following are some key findings:

  • 46 percent of people with anxiety disorders, 53 percent of people with depressive episodes, and 85 percent of people with alcohol use disorders are not treated for their conditions.
  • A shortage of psychiatrists and other behavioral health providers limits access to services. The shortage is especially acute in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula.
  • Michigan has 11 child and adolescent psychiatrists per 100,000 people, far short of the recommended ratio of 47 to 100,000.
  • Central Michigan has the largest share of untreated individuals with a mental illness (41 percent) and West Central Michigan the largest share of untreated individuals with a substance use disorder (83 percent).

The study also includes analysis of data from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which shows that cost of care, lack of transportation and public awareness and perceptions about behavioral health care are also barriers to access.

Recommendations include:

  • increasing retention of behavioral health providers in Michigan
  • removing restrictions on the scope of practice to fully leverage all members of the health care team
  • using lay providers such as peer support specialists
  • using telemedicine to reach people in rural areas those unable to travel
  • expanding access to services in schools
  • integrating primary care and behavioral health care delivery.

Altarum plans a webinar Aug. 8 to present the findings of this study and to answer questions. Click here to register.

Master’s Level Mental health position for Residential Treatment Program (RTP) team in Ionia, MI

The RTP is an Adult Foster Care-type program within the prison facility, serving adult male prisoners with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness. The posting can be found at:

Please post to your listserv and/or forward to students, etc., you feel may be interested in the opportunity. This is a perfect opportunity for a recent graduate trying to accumulate experience! I can be reached at my email address below to answer candidate questions about working within the prison or more about the program.

L. Cieply, Ph.D., LP, CAADC, MTU RTP1 Unit Chief

1728 W. Bluewater Hwy, Ionia, MI 48846

Tel (616) 527-3100, ext. 527-3445

Bipartisan Mental Health Access Improvement Act Reintroduced in Congress

Bipartisan Mental Health Access Improvement Act Reintroduced in Congress

On January 31st, the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 286) was re-introduced by Senator Barrasso (R-WY) and Senator Stabenow (D-MI), that will allow mental health counselors to bill Medicare for treating older adults with mental health conditions. AMHCA was instrumental in accelerating the early introduction of S. 286 in the new Congressional session. Please see a press release below about the announcement on the re-introduction of the Mental Health Access Improvement Act. Rep. Thompson (CA-05) and Rep. Katko (NY-24) also announced they have reintroduced the bipartisan Mental Health Access Improvement Act in the House.

We encourage you to contact two Senators and your Congressional Member in the House of Representatives, to express your support for the Mental Health Access Improvement Act. Please mention Senate Bill 286 and House Bill 945 in your communications. Click below for more information and sample communications to use when writing or speaking to your members of Congress.

New York and Michigan Fight to Protect Scope of Practice

NBCC’s Government & Legislative Affairs Department is working with agencies and officials in New York and Michigan as they strive to protect and clarify their scopes of practice for counselors.

The NBCC team is offering assistance to amend and strengthen state licensure laws in areas such as a counselor’s scope of practice (SOP). SOP defines the services a counselor is lawfully able to perform in each state. The ability to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health issues is essential to providing core mental health services, and some states are still working to ensure this language is explicitly stated in legislation regarding the practice of counseling.

Since 2015, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs) from New York have been ineligible for employment by the Veterans Administration because the word “diagnosis” is not specifically included in the state’s SOP. New York LMHCs will be further impacted in 2022 when an exemption enabling counselors to diagnose in state agencies expires, closing the door on future counselor hires in state agencies such as the Office of Mental Health, Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, and Office of Children and Family Services.

LMHCs employed in these agencies prior to the exemption’s end will be allowed to remain employed and diagnose. New counselor hires, however, will need statutory diagnostic authority. This restriction will limit the types of jobs open to counselors in state agencies until the New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA) and others are able to pass legislation giving LMHCs diagnostic authority.

During the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years, NBCC worked with New York on legislation to add diagnostic authority to the LMHC SOP, and also increase clinical training requirements so they mirror those of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Unfortunately, this legislation did not pass due to opposition from the New York chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

For the 2019 legislative session, NYMHCA and other state leaders are seeking a new Senate sponsor to reintroduce legislation that will allow LMHCs in New York to diagnose.

To aid in this effort, NBCC recently signed on to a “Memorandum of Support” with other national and state organizations to demonstrate full support of this initiative. In early April, Mary Alice Olsan, Director of NBCC’s Government & Legislative Affairs Department, and Jolie Long, NBCC’s Director of State Affairs, traveled to Albany to attend the NYMHCA Counselor Educator Meeting.

“Connecting with over 70 New York counselor educators and other state leaders and organizations furthered our understanding of how we can work together to make diagnostic authority a reality for New York counselors,” Long says.

NBCC is also tracking the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association’s (MMHCA) efforts to protect its 30-year-old license and modernize the law that governs Michigan counselors. MMHCA is working to clarify training standards and codify into law existing diagnosis rules through House Bill 4325.

MMHCA’s main concern is that without legislation, their SOP is vulnerable to outside influences. This important legislation will clarify the licensure laws and enable counselors to continue providing valuable mental health services in the state.

NBCC actively seeks to promote the counseling profession and support counselors through state legislative and regulatory efforts. By working in conjunction with organizations such as NYMHCA and MMHCA, NBCC can bolster the profession and solidify the importance of counselors in the mental health arena.

NBCC’s Government & Legislative Affairs Department encourages all board certified counselors in New York and Michigan to join in these efforts by engaging with legislators and educating them about the vital services counselors provide.

Network Clinical Trainer Position Open in Jackson

Lifeways Community Mental Health has an open position available for a Network Clinical Trainer. This position plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, delivers and oversees training activities within LifeWays and its provider network. Plans, develops, and implements training program content within the goals, objectives, and philosophies of LifeWays to increase skill and knowledge level of staff. Works to incorporate best clinical practices in all areas of training completed. Participates in design and implementation of training programs developed by the agency. Develops clinical training as needed to ensure agency and provider network standards.

Click Here for more information on this position.

HR 82 Mental Health Awareness Month

A resolution to declare May 2019 as Mental Health Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.
Voice vote
Reps. Whiteford, Calley, Cherry, Chirkun, Clemente, Crawford, Garza, Gay-Dagnogo, Haadsma, Hood, Hope, Cynthia Johnson, Jones, Kahle, Kuppa, Liberati, Pagan, Rendon, Sabo, Shannon, Sneller, Sowerby, Stone, Webber, Wittenberg and Witwer offered the following resolution:
House Resolution No. 82.
A resolution to declare May 2019 as Mental Health Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.
Whereas, The month of May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month by Mental Health America and its affiliates; and
Whereas, One in five adults in the United States have a mental health condition and half of those have a co-occurring substance use disorder; and
Whereas, Tens of thousands of Michigan residents live with mental and behavioral health illnesses every year and many of them struggle to get the care they need; and
Whereas, In any given year, around 336,000 adults in Michigan are documented as having a serious mental illness and 84,000 adolescents experience a major depressive episode with only 44% of all individuals receiving some form of treatment; and
Whereas, Recognizing the need for reform, the House of Representatives convened the bi-partisan House C.A.R.E.S. (Community Access Resources and Safety) Task Force in 2017 to discuss our state’s mental health system; and
Whereas, The House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force Report was published in January 2018 and contained several recommendations to better connect the state’s residents with access to care, treatment, and prevention to improve their quality of life; and
Whereas, Of these many recommendations, the report looked at addressing treatment and prevention in our jails and judicial system, training for individuals to recognize a mental health crises, expanding opportunities for individuals to be connected with care, filling the shortage of mental health providers, delivering care early to adolescents, and ensuring our veterans are connected with services; and
Whereas, The Michigan House of Representatives will continue to reduce the stigmatization of mental illness and work toward providing quality services to those that are living with mental health disorders and addictions; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare May 2019 as Mental Health Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.

Senator Stabenow Announces Bill to Expand Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Funding

Senator Stabenow introduced bipartisan legislation last week to renew and expand funding for community mental health and addiction services.

“About one in five people is affected by mental illness, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. These disorders do not discriminate. They affect each of us – our parents, our veterans, our friends, and our children,” said Senator Stabenow. “Our Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act is an important first step in getting more people the care they need at clinics close to home.”

Watch the announcement of the bill here.

“Important information for all counselors”
Please let Senator Stabenow that as an LLPC/LPC you support this legislation.
Copy on your support.

Hiring Counselors in West Michigan

Amplified Life is recruiting licensed counselors to join its expanding Counseling & Coaching Practice.
* Licensed mental health practitioner (LLPC, LPC, LP, LMSW) * Additional training in Life Coaching preferred * Commitment to developing a full caseload of counseling and coaching clients, e.g., (minimum of 20 client hours per week) * Interest in participating in a variety of income generating roles.

Compensation: All counselors and coaches are employees of Amplified Life and are paid a W2 wage in accordance with hours of service provided by practitioner. Counseling services are reimbursed at $35 per hour. Other services such as coaching, telephone support, and behavioral health writing are reimbursed at varying rates.  This is an employer-model. This means, Amplified Life practitioners receive a weekly paycheck (payroll) based on hours worked in a given pay period.  Practitioners are also provided with access to counseling / coaching rooms, scheduling / reception services, use of practice management app (Therapy Notes), practice billing services, and professional liability insurance.

Inquiries:  Please send an email with CV / Resume and letter of interest to:  Amy Zeilenga, Executive Assistant | 616-499-4711 |

Company Information:
Amplified Life Network was established in 2012.  Amplified Life is a Christian organization as reflected in its organizational leadership, principles and values.  It is committed to meeting others where they’re at with respect to their faith and values.  Amplified Life values diversity and leads with evidence-based practices.  Amplified Life’s team of 8 practitioners currently serve individuals and organizations throughout West Michigan.  Office-based counseling and coaching services are provided at its historic, private and wooded, 4 acre setting in the heart of Byron Center, right down the street from the U of M Metro Health Village.