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.  


Clinical Mental Health Counseling Profession Launches
Anti-Stigma Mental Illness Campaign

Alexandria, Va. - Today the Pubic Awareness Committee of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) launched the organizations "Breaking the Silence" campaign.

This campaign is an effort to call attention to the strong social stigma attached to mental illness. This effort coincides with the launch of Mental Health Month in the United States but the AMHCA initiative will be a long range campaign with the goal of substantially reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.


Website for the American Mental Health Counselors Association's Breaking the Silence initiative to address mental health stigma.

           President's Message            

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.

Respectfully Submitted,


Christine Lavoie, Psy.D, LCMHC, NCC


 Click here for the full Job Description For Executive Director

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.

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              

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 & Trainings 

October 14, 2016

NHMHCA Fall 2016 Workshop

Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Substance Use Disorders

Featured Presenter:


October 14th, 2016 9am-4pm

The Derryfield

625 Mammoth Road

Manchester, NH 03104


Annual Meeting/Workshop


September 23 & 24, 2016

Supervisor's Workshop

Presented by: 
NHMHCA's President, Ellen Papanikolaou, LCMHC

Holiday Inn

172 N Main Street

Concord, NH

Supervision Workshop

               Save the Dates                  

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


October 14, 2016 - Fall Workshop on Suicide and Substance Misuse

Next Board Meeting will be in the Fall

All members are welcome! Contact Christine if you would like to attend.

              The Collaborator              

Recent Articles and Updates:

July 19, 2016 - New Job Posting in Opportunities

June 16, 2016 - In Professional Development

March 29, 2016 - In Professional Development

March 17, 2016 - In Legislative Updates


 Ayotte has been working for nearly 2 years to pass bipartisan legislation to help combat the prescription opioid and abuse crisis

Click on the link to read the full article

February 22, 2016 - In Professional Development

Winter Workshop PowerPoint

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.