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 jamesblundo@att.net on your support.

Hiring Counselors in West Michigan

Amplified Life is recruiting licensed counselors to join its expanding Counseling & Coaching Practice.
Requirements:
* 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 | amy@amplife.us

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.

Rep. Miller’s plan clarifies scope of practice for Michigan counselors

State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, has introduced a measure to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law.

Miller said updates are needed to ensure the law reflects the actual scope of practice and training of licensed professional counselors, and to be consistent with wording in the Board of Counseling’s Administrative Rules.

This measure would be the first update to this law since it was enacted 30 years ago.

“Current statute is outdated and does not accurately reflect what is practiced by counselors today,” Miller said. “This plan brings Michigan law up to date.”

The most notable issue is whether counselors are able to provide diagnosis and psychotherapy. Miller’s bill clarifies the current counseling techniques and includes psychotherapy and diagnosis in Michigan law.

The bill was referred to the House Health Policy Committee for consideration.

HERE IS A LINK TO THE HOUSE BILL NO. 4325

Professional Counselor Renewal Reminder from LARA

This is a reminder that the Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has transitioned to online renewal for all of its licensing programs. This was done to provide efficiencies and improve customer service.

Below are important dates to remember:

1.  February 22, 2019 – Licensed professionals began renewing licenses online.

2.  May 31, 2019 – Licensed professionals who have not renewed by this date will expire.

3.  June 1, 2019 to July 30, 2019 60 day grace period deadline for renewal, where licensed Professionals may renew their license past the expiration date but will have to pay an additional late fee of $20.

Since we have moved to online renewals, please consider the following:

1.  You may renew your license at www.michigan.gov/elicense.

2.  If you have a name change provide in writing your previous name and new name prior to renewing online and send to:

                        a.  BPLHelp@michigan.gov; OR

                        b.  BPL-LARA, Licensing Division
                             PO Box 30670
                             Lansing, MI 48909

To review other requirements for renewing your license, please visit our website at www.michigan.gov/bpl.  Should you have specific questions regarding this email communication or have further questions please contact our office at 517-241-0199 or email to BPLHelp@michigan.gov.

Sincerely,

Licensing Division

Bureau of Professional Licensing