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Job Opening for Behavior/Mental Health Support Specialist in Clinton County

Under the direct supervision of the Special Education Director, and in accordance with established

policies and procedures, the Behavior/Mental Health Support Specialist performs a variety of tasks

necessary to support educators, paraprofessionals, other educational support staff and parents for the

implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Support through a Multi-Tiered System of Support

(MTSS) from early childhood through high school.

The Behavior/Mental Health Support Specialist will provide training, coaching, technical support and

coordination of activities focused on Positive Behavior Intervention Supports within Clinton County

RESA’s service area. The Behavior/Mental Health Support Specialist will coordinate and assist with

behavioral observations, support collection of data, participate in team data analyses, consult on the

development of functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans, and build capacity and

competency levels of building level staff and intervention teams in these activities. The specialist will

work with students, families, and staff to identify barriers that limit student success, and will develop

strategies and resources to improve attendance, reduce behavior incidents and promote family

engagement. For more information contact:

Jennifer Branch

Career Education Director, CCRESA
(989) 224-6831, ext. 2334

 

Please corroborate any story you hear before passing it along to others.

Jim Blundo requests that you clear with a MMHCA Board Member prior to any kind of communications with print/tv/radio media. The reason is because we are at a critical moment in our push to pass the HB4325. LARA is still planning on moving forward with the Administrative Rule changes. The Governor is in support of our legislation. Currently, we are in discussions with Senate members. Please contact your personal Senator prior to next week!

There seems to be a lot of misinformation being spread. Please corroborate any story you hear before passing it along to others. These stories could hurt our cause!

You can find the contact information for the MMHCA Board Members on the Leadership page of our website.

Thank You for all you are doing!

TOP 10 REASONS TO ATTEND THE MMHCA SPONSORED TRAUMA WORKSHOP THIS SATURDAY

TOP 10 REASONS TO ATTEND THE MMHCA SPONSORED TRAUMA WORKSHOP THIS SATURDAY
                                                            FROM DR. SUE SCHAEFFER

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

1. We all need to be competent in trauma-informed care.
2. Dr. Colin Ross, our Keynote speaker, is one of the leading experts in treating trauma.
3. Dr. Ross’s Trauma Model is the most effective approach to treating trauma I have found in all my years of practice.
4.  I have had the opportunity to personally work with Dr. Ross, and in addition to being an outstanding clinician, he is an engaging presenter.
5. Melissa Engle Is a highly-skilled therapist and an outstanding teacher. You will enjoy her immensely!
6. After seeing the role-play between Dr. Ross and Melissa, you will be ready to implement these techniques in your practice.
7. Ken Schmidt is one of the most effective therapists I have ever worked with.
8. Many trauma survivors are spiritually abused as well. Ken addresses this issue better than anyone I’ve ever encountered.
9. Ken and Melissa are the founders of Trauma Recovery Associates And have taught caregivers around the world how to effectively and compassionately help trauma survivors.
10. In addition to being a program you can’t afford to miss, your attendance at this MMHCA training helps to fund the effort to save LPC’s ability to practice in Michigan.
                                                              SEE YOU THERE!!!!

Sara Sue Schaeffer October 1, 2019 meeting notes for Preparing for Friday’s Hearing

Action Items for HB 4325 and Protesting LARA’s Change in Scope of Practice

by Sara Sue Schaeffer, MMHCA Public Policy and Legislative Co-Chair

  • Call the Governor’s office at 517-335-7858 or send an electronic message to express both your support for HB 4325 and your opposition to LARA’s proposed rules changes. (https://somgovweb.state.mi.us/GovRelations/ShareOpinion.aspx)
  • Call or email your State Representative and State Senator to express both your support for HB 4325 and your opposition to LARA’s proposed rules changes. A list of legislators’ contact information is included.
  • Attend the October 4, LARA Public Hearing and present your case against LARA’s proposed change to the LPC scope of practice rules. The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. and will be held at the G. Mennen Williams building auditorium located at 525 W. Ottawa in Lansing.  (maps for parking are also included in this packet)  Additionally, please email LARA your viewpoint until 5:00 pm on October 4, 2019.  The address is BPL-boardsupport@mi.gov
  • Talk to everyone you know and ask them to also act. Many counselors still don’t know about this situation. Encourage them to join the “Michigan LPCs for HB 4325 & Against LARA SOP Changes” Facebook group and sign the Michigan LPC’s Change.Org petition. (https://www.change.org/p/michigan-state-house-protect-michigan-licensed-professional-counselors-licensure)

Here is an outline for your comments to LARA.  The outline is only an idea to formulate your speech or letter.  Personalize it and be sure to emphasize the harm this will cause the public. Try to keep your speech to 3 minutes for the hearing.

  • Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you.
  • Your name, credentials, years of practice, experience and where you got your college degree
  • How will this personally effect you? Loss of career, license, ability to practice
  • LARA’s proposed repeal of definitions under the LPC rules, which have been in effect since the counseling law was passed in 1988, will change the scope of practice for counselors including their ability to diagnose.
  • Talk about the impact this will have on your clients (the pain this will cause them). Discuss the state’s responsibility to protect the public.  How can taking the therapists of over 150,000 clients away be productive?  There is a mental health crisis and a shortage of mental health therapists.  LARA’s actions will only eliminate 10,000 more clinicians and cause great harm to the public.
  • Training in treatment and diagnosis. Are you qualified as an expert? Detail how.
  • Licensed psychologists do not go to homes and schools to provide therapy like LPCs do and most do not take Medicaid. There is room – and a huge need — for all of us to practice.
  • Encourage the LARA Board to wait on implementing their proposed rule changes. Tell them the solution that meets both LARA’s needs and LPCs’ needs is HB 4325. Urge LARA to give HB 4325 time to be passed into law.
  • Thank LARA for listening.

Here is a sample letter.  Please be sure to personalize this.

Dear ______________,

As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in your district, I am writing to urge your support of HB 4325.  (Include some background about where you earned your degree, how long you’ve been practicing, what setting you’re working in, how many clients you counsel, etc.)

HB 4325, which was introduced by Rep. Aaron Miller and passed unanimously out of the House Health Policy Committee on September 19, would ensure the much-needed clinical mental health counseling work of LPCs continues in Michigan.  The legislation makes technical, but critical updates to our licensing statute.  Most importantly it codifies into law provisions regarding a counselor’s scope of practice that have been in rules and in practice since the LPC statute was passed in 1988.  The key provision in these long-standing rules is the ability to diagnose, for which counselors receive substantial training and are legally and ethically required to do.   This bill in no way changes a counselor’s scope of practice or who is eligible for licensure — it would continue the same as it has been for more than 30 years.

These updates to the statute are needed right away as the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is currently proposing to eliminate the rules related to LPC’s scope of practice altogether.  The repeal of these rules will result in the inability of Michigan’s 10,000 LPCs to provide counseling services and will leave hundreds of thousands of individuals without mental health care. With a public hearing scheduled for this coming Friday, October 4, the rules could be sent to the Joint Committee on Legislative Rules (JCAR) immediately following the hearing for the mandatory 15-session day JCAR review before they go into effect in November.  Passage of HB 4325 will nullify these LARA rule changes.

Again, please vote yes on HB 4325.  The passage of this bill is vital to retaining strong mental health counseling services for Michiganders.  Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Please also refer to the FAQ document which can be found in another post on this website. Click Here.

Go to the MMHCA Facebook Page (Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association) to see a video of the October 1 Meeting.

Video on what is happening with HB4325, LARA’s Proposed rule changes & the October 4th meeting

Napoleon Video

Counselors and Friends, I wanted to take a moment to help share information on what is happening with HB4325, LARA’s Proposed rule changes and the October 4th, meeting. Please share with colleagues and those that want to become clearer on the challenge at hand. We are optimistic and strategically addressing the concerns of those that may not agree with our efforts.

Counselors – chins up and shoulders back, we have some of the best minds in Michigan and beyond working to resolve this issue. Remember, worry doesn’t help us- worry is the “interest” that we pay on problems that have not happened. Stay encouraged – and continue working diligently with all the parties involved to contact the Legislators that represent you and encourage them to be mindful of the impact of the proposed rule changes.

Can’t wait to see you and shake your hands, give you a hi-5, or a hug on October 4th!

Thank you for all you do.

Napoleon Harrington, President, MMHCA

#HB4325 #ProtectMichiganCounselors #Advocacy #LPC #LLPC #Courage

 

Mental Health Counselors Applaud State House Panel Approval of Legislation Negating Harmful LARA Rules

Mental Health Counselors Applaud State House Panel Approval of Legislation Negating Harmful LARA Rules

Lansing, Mich. – Mental health counselors are breathing a small sigh of relief as the 19 members of Michigan’s House Health Policy Committee all voted to advance House Bill 4325 to nullify the need for proposed department rule changes severely limiting the scope of work and ability to practice for the state’s 10,000 licensed professional counselors.

“At a time when there is a growing demand for the mental health services offered by counselors, we are grateful that our elected officials recognize this need and stand behind us,” said Jim Blundo, Executive Director of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association.

This summer the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) submitted proposed rule changes for licensed professional counselors (LPC) that will have significant consequences on the counseling profession, the workforce in Michigan’s public mental health system, and the 150,000 individuals with mental health challenges they serve. A required Regulatory Impact Statement was filed in late August setting the stage for the rules to advance after a scheduled October 4 public hearing.

The controversial rules proposal is now being challenged by House Bill 4325, a bill introduced by State Representative Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis) to codify long-standing rules governing LPC’s scope of practice and counselor supervision.  This codification of rules into statute allows counselors to continue to practice as they have for more than 30 years and negates the need for LARA’s suggested changes. The bill makes other first-time technical updates to the 1988 licensing law.

Several mental health organizations filed their support for the bill including the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan, Michigan Primary Care Association, Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association, Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals and National Association of Social Workers.

“Michigan cannot afford to lose mental health support,” said Napoleon Harrington,  President of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association.  “If the LARA rule changes are approved, Michigan would lose about 30% of their community mental health system workforce.”

Despite the unanimous objections of the Board of Counseling, LARA recommended the repeal of virtually all the rules that define an LPC’s scope of practice and insisted that these definitions should apply only to the educational preparation of counselors and not to counseling practice.

Included in the proposed repeal was the practice of “counseling techniques” and the related ability to “diagnose and identify the problem”. Without these and numerous other definitions, the counseling scope of practice would be severely limited and would put Michigan’s LPCs in violation of their professional code of ethics and other state laws, thereby subjecting them to permanent expulsion from the profession.

Insurance companies would also likely stop reimbursing LPCs for their services due to the significant limits on scope these rule changes would impose.  A diagnosis is required for insurance reimbursement.

The bill is now before the House Ways and Means Committee for consideration before going to the full House of Representatives.

Michigan Citizens At Jeopardy of Being Without Mental Health Counselors

Michigan Citizens At Jeopardy of Being Without Mental Health Counselors

Our nation is facing a mental health crisis and there simply aren’t enough counselors and other mental health professionals to meet the burgeoning demand for services, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).  HRSA estimates nationally we need to add 10,000 providers in each of seven separate mental healthcare professions by 2025 to meet the expected growth in demand.

In Michigan there are nearly 1.4 million adults with mental illness and 67,000 youth suffering from a major depressive episode and the majority of these individuals are not receiving the care they need.  We see the impact of this nearly everywhere — schools, workplaces, jails and emergency rooms – and it’s not without a cost.  In “A Guidebook to Human Service Professions”, it is suggested that by 2020, depression will be the second most costly health problem, surpassed only by heart disease.

It’s quite shocking then, given this mental health crisis, that the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) would move forward with plans that will prohibit our 10,000 licensed professional counselors from continuing to practice in the state and leave hundreds of thousands of residents without the treatment they need.  Mental illness is already mired in cultural stigma and access issues.  These actions only continue to severely limit the availability of mental health services for those who require it most.

Despite the unanimous objections from the Michigan Board of Counseling, LARA is recommending repealing rules for Licensed Professional Counselors’ (LPCs) scope of practice.  Most notably, it would remove the ability for LPC’s to diagnose patients. While these changes are sought to provide needed updates to the 30-year old rules, the unintended consequence is that thousands of qualified mental health professionals will find themselves unable to provide care.

Not only would these rule changes significantly limit the work LPCs can do in Michigan, it would put them in violation of both the American Counseling Association’s code of ethics and the state’s public health code. By adhering to Michigan’s new proposed rules, counselors would effectively be forced into actions that would result in their expulsion from the very profession they trained to practice.

While the ability to diagnose may not seem like that big of deal to the layman, this is a crucial component for patient treatment. A diagnosis is not only required before a mental health counselor can ethically and legally treat a patient, but also for payment by insurance companies.

We already know that costs are the reason nearly half of adult patients are not receiving the treatment they need.  Yet mental health counselors are uniquely qualified to meet the challenges of providing high quality care in a cost-effective manner.  Requiring patients seeking counseling treatment for their mental conditions to start paying all the costs out of pocket will effectively cut them off from the care they need.

Fortunately, there is a fix to this problem working its way through the state legislature. HB 4325, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis), would codify existing rules into statute instead of repealing them.  This preferred solution allows counselors to maintain their ability to properly diagnose and treat individuals with mental and emotional disorders. As this bill makes its way through the legislature, the Michigan public should call their legislators and implore them to pass HB 4325 into law.

By ushering in this commonsense legislation, the state of Michigan will be ensuring its citizens have access to the licensed, qualified mental health care that they need.

Jim Blundo, Executive Director

Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association

Frequently Asked Questions: HB 4325 and LARA’s Proposed Counseling Rule Changes

What rules changes is LARA proposing?

The actual text of LARA’s proposed rule changes may be found here.  To be clear, some of the proposed rule changes are not contentious and make necessary and appropriate updates.  Others related to R338.1751 and R338.1757 are a cause for serious concern.

First, LARA is recommending the repeal of virtually all the rules that define a licensed professional counselor’s scope of practice under R338.1751.  These are the current rules that have been recognized as part of a counselor’s scope since they were first promulgated after the passage of the Licensed Professional Counselor statute in 1988.  Instead the department insists these definitions should apply only to the educational preparation of counselors and not to counseling practice.

Second, LARA is also pursuing the repeal of the rules identifying the requirements for providing counseling supervision (R338.1757), one of which is specific training in supervision.  This training is a national standard for professional counseling.

What would the impact of these changes be?

R338.1751:

Included in the repeal of the definitions in the rule is the practice of “counseling techniques” and the related ability to “diagnose and identify the problem”.  Without these and numerous other definitions, the counseling scope of practice will be severely restricted.

These changes in scope also put Michigan’s LPCs in violation of the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics (E.5.a. Proper Diagnosis), which requires the proper diagnosis of a client’s mental disorder before treatment and could subject them to permanent expulsion from the profession.

Under Michigan’s public health code, LPC’s are legally required to comply with their professional code of ethics.  They will be violation of this statute. Ultimately, these rule changes will prohibit Michigan’s 10,000 licensed professional counselors from continuing to practice in the state and leave hundreds of thousands of residents without the treatment they need.

Additionally, insurance companies will no longer cover services of LPCs as a diagnosis is required for reimbursement.

R338.1757:

If this rule regarding counseling supervision requirements is rescinded, counselors who provide supervision without training would be practicing in violation of the ACA’s Code of Ethics (F.2.a Supervisor Preparation).

Furthermore, LPCs who received their supervision in Michigan may not be eligible for licensure in other states because their supervisor would not be qualified in the state to which the counselor is moving.

Why is LARA proposing these changes?

The Attorney General’s office raised concerns a few years ago as to whether the counseling rules were properly aligned with the counseling statute, questioning whether the rules exceed the statute.  Since LARA only has the authority to promulgate rules, not change statute, they have proceeded with the only option available to resolve this concern: repeal the rules in question.

What is the status of the proposed rule changes?

Despite the unanimous objections by the Board of Counseling, on July 18, 2019, LARA filed a formal request for rule making and submitted its draft rules.  The associated Regulatory Impact Statement for the proposed rule changes was filed on August 28, 2019.

This action triggered the setting of the required public hearing, which is scheduled for Friday, October 4 at 9:00 am at the G. Mennen Williams Building Auditorium located at 525 W. Ottawa Street in Lansing, Michigan.

After this public hearing, the rules can be certified, and a report submitted to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).  JCAR, a legislative body, has just 15 session days to review the rules.  Their only course of action if they object is to introduce legislation within another 15 days to repeal them.  After the JCAR review is completed, the LARA Director can adopt the rules.

When would the proposed rules take effect?

The rules changes were written with immediate effect.  Given the above timeline these proposed rule changes could be in effect as early as November of this year immediately rendering Michigan’s 10,000 licensed professional counselors unable to diagnose and, therefore, unable to legally practice in our state.

What can be done to oppose the proposed rule changes?

Any member of the public may comment in opposition of the proposed rules changes at the October 4th hearing.  Written comments may also be submitted electronically any time before 5:00 pm on October 4th to BPL-BoardSupport@Michigan.gov

What organizations are opposing the proposed rule changes?

The following are some of the organizations that have expressed opposition to LARA’s proposed rule changes:

MMHCA (Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association)

CMHAM (Community Mental Health Association of Michigan)

MHA (Michigan Hospital Association)

MPCA (MI Primary Care Association)

MATCP (MI Association of Treatment Court Professionals)

MPFFA (MI Professional Fire Fighters Association)

ACA (American Counseling Association)

MCA  (Michigan Counseling Association)

NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors)

MASW (MI Association of Social Workers)

MSCA (Middle School Counselors Association)

Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Oakland University

Spring Arbor University

University of Detroit-Mercy

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

Hope Network

Pine Rest

MI AFSCME

Oakland County

How do the proposed rule changes relate to HB 4325?

The proposed rules are the administrative response to the Attorney General’s question as to whether the rules align with the statute.  HB 4325 is the legislative response.

What does HB 4325 do?

HB 4325, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis), would codify into statute the existing rules that have come into question instead of repealing them.  This preferred solution allows counselors to maintain their ability to properly diagnose and treat individuals with mental and emotional disorders. The bill also makes a number of technical updates to the 30+ year old law.

Does HB 4325 change the scope of practice for licensed professional counselors?

No.  It maintains the scope of practice that has been in placed since the Licensed Professional Counselor law was passed in 1988.

Does HB 4325 change who is eligible to be licensed as a professional counselor?

No.  It maintains that only those with the education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders and meet the standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) are eligible for licensure.

What is the status of HB 4325?

HB 4325 (S-3) was passed unanimously out of the House Health Policy Committee on September 19, 2019.  The bill has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.  A hearing and vote is expected on October 2.  The bill will then be sent to the full House of Representatives for a vote.

How would the passage of HB 4325 affect the proposed rules?

HB 4325 negates altogether the need for LARA’s proposed rule by resolving the Attorney General’s question.  It would nullify the proposed rules if they were to go into effect.

Who is supporting HB 4325?

To date the following organizations have formally taking a position supporting HB 4325, and many more are expected to as future opportunities in the legislative process allow:

MMHCA (Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association)

MPCA (MI Primary Care Association)

MATCP (MI Association of Treatment Court Professionals)

NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors)

MASW (MI Association of Social Workers)

MSCA (Middle School Counselors Association)

Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Oakland University

Spring Arbor University

University of Detroit-Mercy

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

Hope Network

A few related other facts:

Our nation is facing a mental health crisis and there simply aren’t enough counselors and other mental health professionals to meet the burgeoning demand for services, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).

HRSA estimates nationally we need to add 10,000 providers in each of seven separate mental healthcare professions by 2025 to meet the expected growth in demand.

In Michigan there are nearly 1.4 million adults with mental illness and 67,000 youth suffering from a major depressive episode.  The majority of these individuals are not receiving the care they need.

Costs are the reason nearly half of the adults are not receiving the treatment they need.  Mental health counselors are uniquely qualified to meet the challenges of providing high quality care in a cost-effective manner.

Advocacy Kit: A Call to Action – Contact the Governor’s Office!

In case you haven’t heard yet, folks who have spoken to the Governor’s office have stated that the Governor’s Office needs to hear from more folks about their opposition to LARA’s proposed changes.  The contact info is:
Phone: 517-373-3400 and 517-335-7858
Email form:  https://somgovweb.state.mi.us/GovRelations/ShareOpinion.aspx

An Oakland University Counseling Department Director recently contacted Gov. Whitmer’s office and expressed opposition to LARA’s proposed rule change.  He spoke with a friendly staffer named Adam, who knew the broad outline of our concern and that HB 4325 would address LARA’s concerns.  He said they were monitoring how many people were contacting their office about the LPC matter. It is important that everyone call the Governor’s office!

Govornor Whitmer’s office

Phone: 517-373-3400 and 517-335-7858

 

Template Letter/Phone Script: Supporting HB 4325

Message that can be used when calling or emailing your State Representative serving in the House of Representatives or Senate or Governor’s Office:

Hello my name is XXXX.

I am a (Licensed Professional Counselor/Counselor in training) residing/practicing in your district. 

I am calling to urge you to support HB 4325 when it comes up for a vote in the House Floor.  This bill, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller, simply codifies some provisions of counselors’ scope of practice that have been in rules and in practice since the law was passed in 1988. 

The key provision in these long standing rules is the ability to diagnose, for which counselors receive substantial training. However, new directives affecting LARA require that scope of practice is codified in legal statute, rather than Administrative Rules.  If such changes are not made, the proposed rule changes by LARA will result in the inability of counselors to continue practicing, leaving Michigan’s 10,000 licensed professional counselors unable to practice and far more clients without mental health care.

This bill in no way changes a counselors scope of practice or who is eligible for licensure — it would continue the same as it has been for more than 30 years.  Again, please vote yes on HB 4325.  The passage of this bill is vital to retaining strong mental health counseling services for Michiganders.  I thank you for your time.

Template for Written Testimony: Opposing current effort by LARA

I am writing to express my concern with LARA’s proposed rules changes for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) that have significant consequences on the counseling profession and the workforce in Michigan’s public mental health system. Michigan’s CMH system relies heavily on LPCs – as much as 25-30% of the workforce is made up of LPCs.

Despite the unanimous objections of the Board of Counseling Rules Committee, LARA is recommending the repeal of virtually all the rules that define an LPC’s scope of practice under R338.1751. These are rules that have been recognized as part of the scope since they were first promulgated after the passage of the Licensed Professional Counselor statute in 1988. Instead the department insists these definitions should apply only to the educational preparation of counselors and not to counseling practice.

Included in this repeal is the practice of “counseling techniques” and the related ability to “diagnose and identify the problem”. Without these and numerous other definitions, the counseling scope of practice is severely limited. Restricting scope in this way will most certainly reduce the availability of mental health professionals in Michigan’s CMH system and at a time when there is growing demand for these services.

These changes in scope would also put Michigan’s LPCs in violation of the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics (E.5.a. Proper Diagnosis), which requires the proper diagnosis of a client’s mental disorder before treatment, and could subject them to permanent expulsion from the profession. Additionally, insurance companies will likely stop reimbursing for the services of LPCs due to the significant limits on scope these rule changes would impose.

LARA is also pursuing the repeal of the rules identifying the requirements for providing counseling supervision (R338.1757), one of which is specific training in supervision. This training is a national standard for professional counseling.

Again, if this rule is rescinded, counselors who provide supervision without training would be practicing in violation of the ACA’s Code of Ethics (F.2.a Supervisor Preparation). Furthermore, LPCs who received their supervision in Michigan may not be eligible for licensure in other states because their supervisor would not be qualified in the state to which the counselor is moving.

I strongly encourage LARA to wait for HB 4325 (sponsored by Rep. Miller) to pass, which would negate the need for any proposed changes. Thank you in advance for your consideration.