As of January 31st 2016 supervisors for candidates for licensure must meet the new requirements. I
mportant reminder for supervisors of candidates for licensure from NHMHCA's President in online Collaborator.

Welcome to the official website of the New Hampshire Mental Health Counselors Association.  The site is loaded with great information for New Hampshire Mental Health Counseling Association members, non-member mental health professionals, and members of the general public.  It is our goal to continue to build and expand the site as time goes on and as we collect feedback that helps us improve its look, feel, and content.    

We are proud to be a state chapter of the 
           American Mental Health Counselors' Association.  

   President's Message   

The past year has been an exciting time of growth and change for New Hampshire’s Mental Health Counselors Association.  With a continued focus on growing our membership I am pleased to report that our membership has increased by 105 members in the past fiscal year. 

As we continue to develop and expand our technological capabilities, we have continued to build and streamline our membership database and have successfully launched our new dynamic website, which has allowed us to keep our members better informed about all of the important news and events happening within the organization as well as legislation updates occurring on the state and federal government level.

In addition to increased membership and advances in technology, we further focused our efforts over that past year in expanding our reach to other areas of the state.  Starting with the Seacoast area, NHMHCA successfully held mentoring events, board meetings and professional development workshops in the Portsmouth NH area throughout the course of the year.  It is our vision to expand over the next several years to other areas of the state in order to increase the organizations visibility statewide. 

As we enter a new fiscal year, we look forward to continuing to increase our membership and statewide presence and are excited about the many events we have planned toward these goals for fiscal year 2015-2016.

Christine Lavoie, Psy.D, LCMHC, NCC


 Click here for the full Job Description For Executive Director

NH Board of Mental Health Update

CEU Requirement Update

NOTICE – CEU’s in suicide prevention will be required by all licensees renewing a license that expires after January 1, 2017.

Pursuant to RSA 330-A:10, XIV, the Board is required to adopt:  Procedures for assuring the continuing competence of persons licensed under this chapter including, but not limited to, continuing education requirements, provided that at least 3 hours of the required continuing education units for biennial renewal shall be from a nationally recognized, evidence-based or best practices training organization in the area of suicide prevention, intervention, or postvention and how mental illness, substance use disorders, trauma, or interpersonal violence directly impacts risk for suicide.

Mhp 402.01 (d) was adopted by the Board on January 15, 2016 and reads as follows: 

At least 3 of the 40 CEU’s shall be completed in accordance with RSA 330-A:10, XIV and shall be from Category A.

Revised Rules!

The NH Board of Mental Health recently re adopted :  Mhp 200, Mhp 300, Mhp 400 and Mhp 500.    Most of the revisions were minor, however, the rules list below are new and should be reviewed by all licensees.  All rules are available on the Board’s website:

·         Mhp 302.01 (c)(9) – “Supervisors for candidates for licensure must successfully complete one of the following before January 31, 2016: 1) a graduate level course in clinical supervision; 2) a clinical supervision certificate approved by AAPC, NASW, AMHCA or AAMFT or 3) 12 CEU's in clinical supervision”.

·         Mhp 302.03 (a)(3) – “An original, not a photocopy, of a criminal offender record report that is issued by each state where the applicant has resided or been licensed within the past 5 years.”

·         Mhp 305.01 (c) – “Until December 31, 2021 an applicant who has been granted a degree in mental health counseling based upon a program consisting of at least 48 credit hours,  shall not be licensed unless additional graduate credit hours of instruction are obtained to meet the 60 credit hour degree requirement of RSA 330-A:19.”

 ·         Mhp 402.02 (b)(9) Association of Social Work Boards


  Legislative Alerts  

Calls to Action!

Medicare provider participation 


Who's running DHHS?

 Who are Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors? 

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors are skilled professionals, educated at a Master's degree level or beyond, who provide personalized, evidence-based therapy to people with mental and/or emotional distress. Our understanding of human nature and psychology utilizes a practical, problem-solving approach that facilitates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution. We are committed to professional ethical standards and respect the dignity and di
verse cultural background of all those who seek our care.


Upcoming Workshops

February 19, 2016 - Winter Workshop

"Its All About Integration"
Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Recovery 
and NH State Laws

What clinicians need to know in this changing culture.

Featured Presenter:
 Holly Cekala

Guest Speakers:
Kriss Blevens 
Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard

Location: The Derryfield
Manchester, NH625 Mammoth Rd.

Save the Dates

April 15, 2016 - Spring Workshop in Newmarket, NH

Interactive Interventions: Play and Art
This workshop will introduce play and art interventions. Participants will leave with specific interactive tools they can use to enhance their practice with children and adults.

June 10, 2016 - Annual Meeting and Ethics Workshop
in Manchester, NH

Ethics Workshop with Jeri Stevens, Ph.D.
Jeri is a dynamic speaker and is the Chair of AMHCA's Ethics Committee.

July 14-16, 2016 - AMHCA Annual Conference 
in New Orleans

Next Board Meeting

February 19, 2016

At The Derryfield after the workshop
If you are a member and would like to attend, just contact Christine to let us know you are coming.

The Collaborator 

Recent Articles and Updates:

February 10, 2016 - In Opportunities

New Job Posting

February 3, 2016 - In Legislative News

 Two Calls to Action

A few things you need to know (and act on)

H. A. Goodman, Ph.D.

January 5, 2016 - In President's News

Important Reminder

January 3, 2016 - In Opportunities

New Job Posting

January 3, 2016 - In Media Technology

MoodKit: A practical app for CBT


 Get Involved 

We want to keep you informed. If you are a member and have not been receiving e-blasts from NHMHCA please email the membership chair with your current email and mailing address. 

There is no better way for you to stay current than to join your state's professional organization.

Click here to Join NHMHCA

Affordable Membership Dues: $75

  • Promote your business - membership includes listing in the  online "Find a Counselor" Directory.  You'll find your name in NHMHCA's membership directory, which is made available to state agencies, hospitals, clinics, social services providers and other referral sources!
  • Need Guidance? Membership offers statewide advocacy for
     Mental Health Professionals and links at the national level.
  • Need help with licensing? We have mentoring and info on the licensing process!
  • We'll help you get connected by reaching out to students in graduate programs in the area who are studying mental health counseling and psychology.
  • Keep up to date in your field: We offer legislative updates, initiatives and advocacy regarding issues that pertain to counselors, including parity and vendorship.
  • Struggling with managed care?  We have info on that too!
  • Need to know more about your potential clients?  We can help you with consumer education and information.
  • Tired of paying large insurance premiums?  With your membership, you get reduced premiums through CPH Insurance Agency.
  • CEU Courses too expensive?  We offer several wonderful workshops each year with a reduced tuition rate for members.
  • Want to be more connected with other professionals?  You'll be a liaison to the NH Mental Health Coalition and the NH Board of Mental Health Practice.
  • Want to be more involved in the association as a chairperson on the NHMHCA Board of Directors or as a member of a committee?  We'd love to have you get involved. Contact a Board member to find out how.