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.
American Mental Health Counselors' Association.
Over the course of the past year, NHMHCA has maintained forward momentum and positive growth as we have continued to strive towards successfully carrying out our mission of promoting and supporting the professionalism and collaboration among Mental Health Counselors, educating the public regarding the role of Clinical Mental Health Counselors and advocating for consumers of mental health services.
Our organization has continued to experience a steady increase in membership over the past several years with this past year being no exception. With the addition of 56 new members, our overall membership has grown to the largest it has ever been with 362 active members. Our goal is to continue to see our membership grow both in numbers and in strength.
At the state level, this year has brought about many changes for LCMHC’s. Revised rules that govern our practice were put into place including: identifying new requirements regarding supervising candidates pursuant to licensure; as well as the adoption of new continuing education requirements regarding mandatory suicide prevention CE’s. As each of these changes have come to the forefront, NHMHCA has followed the development and implementation of these crucial components that affect the practice of LCMHC’s and has worked hard to communicate these changes and provide opportunities for LCMHC’s to fulfill these requirements.
As I come to the end of my term as President of NHMHCA, I am excited to begin my role as Past President, where I can continue to support the organization and LCMHC’s across the State of New Hampshire.
It has been an honor to serve as your President over the past two years and I thank everyone for their continued support of this organization.
Christine Lavoie, Psy.D, LCMHC, NCC
NH Board of Mental Health Update
CE Requirement Update
NOTICE – CE’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.
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: http://www.nh.gov/mhpb/laws.html
· 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
Calls to Action!
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 diverse cultural background of all those who seek our care.
June 10, 2016
Ethics Workshop & Annual Meeting
at The Puritan Backroom in Manchester, NH
Save the Dates
July 14-16, 2016 - AMHCA Annual Conference
in New Orleans
October 14, 2016 - Fall Workshop on Suicide and Substance Misuse
May 13, 2016 - Next Board Meeting
All members are welcome! Contact Christine if you would like to attend.
Recent Articles and Updates:
March 17, 2016 - In Legislative Updates
SENATE PASSES AYOTTE’S COMPREHENSIVE ADDICTION AND RECOVERY ACT
Ayotte has been working for nearly 2 years to pass bipartisan legislation to help combat the prescription opioid and abuse crisis
February 22, 2016 - In Professional Development
February 10, 2016 - In Opportunities
February 3, 2016 - In Legislative News
Two Calls to Action
H. A. Goodman, Ph.D.
January 5, 2016 - In President's News
January 3, 2016 - In Opportunities
January 3, 2016 - In Media Technology
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