Call to Action for Mental Health Services !

Call to Action for Mental Health Services !

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Edith Chaparro started this petition to SOCIAL WORKERS

For the last several years, a bill to mandate insurance providers reimburse for mental health services provided by individuals licensed under Article 163 of the Education Law - Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Creative Arts Therapists and Licensed Psychoanalysts has been introduced into both houses. While this notion in and of itself is not offensive, there lies a huge discrepancy and as such, we, along with Psychiatrists and Psychologists have opposed the measure. 

Currently, the only providers that insurance is REQUIRED to reimburse for mental health services is a Psychiatrist (MD), Psychologist (PhD) and an LCSW with an additional three years of supervised experience in the provision of diagnosis and psychotherapy on top of the three years required for licensure as an LCSW (Also known as the "R" provision).   Conversely, Article 163 licensees postgraduate training requires only a fraction of such experience.  Nor can they diagnose a serious mental illness or treat without referral to a physician. Requiring  insurance to reimburse such providers but NOT LCSW’s, is nonsensical.  

Despite this glaring inequity, the bills are on the move. The Assembly Version is on the Codes Agenda this week.  As such, We have STRONGLY SUGGESTED amendments to STRIKE PROVISIONS REQUIRING THE THREE ADDITIONAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE FOR REIMBURSEMENT, but thus far, they have been ignored. We must protect our profession! There are only three weeks left of this legislative session and this battle will require teamwork from now until June 19th. It will require constant internal legislative work and a loud constituent outcry! 

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