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

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:  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


  Legislative Alerts  

Call to Action!

Representatives Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced the Mental Health Access Improvement Act which will give LMHC's Medicare Provider Status. This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on June 12, 2015, which will consider it before possibly (hopefully) sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole. It is critical for those we serve and the future of our profession that LCMHC's have Medicare provider status. As we move into a more integrated healthcare arena we will be left out if we are prohibited from seeing some segments of the population. Reach out to your legislators and ask them to support this bill. If we do not advocate for our profession, we will not be supported?  Our congressional delegates are listed online at:


Please let them know you support, and expect them to support HR 2759.

 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.

Power Point Presentation Posted

The “Supervisor’s Certification Workshop” was held on October 23rd & 24th.  As promised, the power point presentation is posted in the Collaborator under the Professional Development Section.

As a reminder, this was a workshop for 12 CE’s.  You have only completed part 1 of the process.  If you would like to be listed as a Certified Supervisor with the State of NH you must make a copy of your CE Certificate and mail this, along with a letter of interest to:

New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice

121 South Fruit St

Concord, NH  03301


Be sure to include your license number on your letter.


November 20th, 2015 - Next Board Meeting

If you are a member and would like to attend, just contact Christine to let us know you are coming.

Upcoming Workshop

Friday, November 6, 2015
“Love and Desire”
by Miss Paola Rodriquez LMHC
At The Derryfield on Mammoth Rd., Manchester

(6 CEs available)

 The Collaborator 

Recent Articles and Updates:

October 30, 2015 - Under Professional Development

      Supervision Training PowerPoint 

October 14, 2015 - Under Opportunities

        New Job Posting! 

August 23, 2015 - Under Professional Development

Professional Development Committee Fall Letter

July 19, 2015 - Under Legislative Updates:

New Board of Mental Health Practice Rules Adopted in June, 2015

By H. Alan Goodman, Ph.D. (Go to Article)

July 19, 2015 - Under Featured Articles:

AMHCA Annual Leadership Conference, 2015

by Ellen V. A. Papanikolaou, LCMHC

NHMHCA President Elect (Go to Article)


 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.