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:
Career Education Director, CCRESA
(989) 224-6831, ext. 2334
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
FROM DR. SUE SCHAEFFER
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!!!!
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 BPLemail@example.com
- 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.
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.
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
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.