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 change.org 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
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