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“Current statute is outdated and does not accurately reflect what is practiced by counselors today,” Miller said.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

Tell Congress to Support Medicare Coverage of Counselors!

Legislation has been introduced to allow counselors to participate in Medicare. NBCC needs your help to get this legislation passed! Contact your legislators TODAY and ask them to co-sponsor the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 286/H.R. 945). Support from counselors like you is crucial to getting this legislation passed. Please use the link below to call and email your senators and representatives and tell them why this legislation is so important. NBCC’s Government and Legislative Affairs Department has created draft messages for you, but we strongly urge you to add your personal experiences with this issue to be more effective.  It only takes a few minutes of your time and your support can make a significant impact on the profession! Thank you for your assistance!  TAKE ACTION!