Include LMHCs in federal funded mental health services
  • Petitioning Federal government re: medicare and veterans mental health services

This petition will be delivered to:

Federal government re: medicare and veterans mental health services
Florida Governor
U.S. House of Representatives
Gov. Richard Scott
Rep. Lois Frankel
Rep. Patrick Murphy

Include LMHCs in federal funded mental health services

    1. Petition by

      Sheila M Cooperman

      Boca Raton, FL

In the next decade, majority of society will be seniors and on Medicare. Currently, Medicare Beneficiaries and Veterans can only go to psychologists or social workers for mental health services. The Licensed Mental Health Counselors(LMHC,) is a whole classification of qualified, clinical, licensed, providers who continue to be overlooked by the Federal Government. This is the same case for the veteran administration as well. This is not only unfair it makes it more difficult for seniors and veterans to get Mental health services on a timely manner. LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS, ( LMHC, and LPC, LCPC,) should be given parity with the social workers, and psychologists when it comes to providing government funded mental health services. There are more LMHCs in this country than any other classification, yet we are always left out. Case in Point, the Navy states right now on their website, they are hiring 1600 more mental health providers to help with the veterans, yet on their WEBSITE, it clearly indicates, only psychologists and social workers will be accepted. This is discrimination to a group of individuals who are educated, credentialed and have the clinical capacity to provide services to these individuals. I am one of the LMHC, who is tired of being pushed out of opportunities, and treated like a second class citizen. My fellow LMHC,s have the mental health education, experiences and the student loans to substantiate what we can provide. I have made the effort to bring this to Alan West, the congressman, and have called other governmental offices and have gotten no where. I am hoping will be what we need to have this unfairness corrected. Please sign my petition, make the government stand-up and notice and include LMHCs as providers for clinical services and stop discriminating against the LMHCs. I would love to get at least 100, 000 or more people to sign. Thank you, Sheila M Cooperman LMHC

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. we have reached over 200 signatures, we need much more to get acknowledged

      Sheila M Cooperman
      Petition Organizer

      I will keep you informed as we get closer to our goal of change

    3. Reached 200 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Tammy Habegger-Spice INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • 3 months ago

      I am an LMHC!!

    • roseann raymond TEQUESTA, FL
      • 4 months ago

      Because our vets deserve the best care and LMHCs have more clinical experience than MSW.

    • Kevin Raymond WEST PALM BEACH, FL
      • 5 months ago

      Provide more access to mental health care which is severely needed in the country.

    • Diana Ayotte ST. GEORGE, UT
      • 6 months ago

      More options for clinicians means more folks getting healthy.

    • Emily Rein ROCHESTER, NY
      • 6 months ago

      As an LMHC, I am educated and have the professional experience EQUIVALENT TO or sometimes even exceeding licensed social work professionals. Not including LMHCs is discriminatory and limiting the scope and availability of mental health services nationwide.


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