Stop HB2406 Protect therapists & Arizonans right to quality & affordable mental healthcare
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How important is your mental health? HB2406 aims to eliminate the licensure requirement for mental health professionals in Arizona. If this bill passes, insurance companies won't cover mental health services, leaving us paying up to and in excess of 4 times what it costs for these services now. In addition, mental health professionals would no longer receive reimbursement from insurance companies for their services. Eliminating licensure requirements also puts the public at risk. It's undeniably important counselors receive a proper education and are held to professional standards. Our well-being and our lives are too important for this bill to pass. Sign this petition and let our representatives know you want access to quality and affordable mental health care.
Below is more information about HB 2406 that was sponsored by Arizona Representative Paul Mosley.
On January 18, the Arizona House introduced HB2406, which would eliminate the Board of Behavioural Health Examinars and ELIMINATE the licensing requirements for mental health counselors. AzCA is working with ACA and other related professional organizations to kill this bill.
To become a licensed counselor in Arizona you have to earn at least a masters from an accredited college or university and complete two years of postgraduate supervised training. These licensure requirements apply to drug and alcohol counselors, school counselors, marriage and family counselors, child and adolescent counselors, and numerous other specialties.
In addition, one must be licensed to work with patients through the Veterans Administration and TRICARE, and without a license you cannot be reimbursed by Medicaid or by most insurance companies. Which means most patients would have to pay out of pocket for their mental health services.
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