A LCPC / LPC can provide counseling services that they are qualified for by training, education and experience.
Obviously you can not provide services beyond your scope "brain surgery", etc). Other areas of confusion can include "Family Therapy" or "Family Counseling" . No laws in Illinois restrict "Family or Marital or Substance Abuse or Addiction Counseling" to any specific license.
A. Apply for licensure.
B. It will take approximately 8 weeks to hear back from IDFPR. C. Once your application is approved schedule the exam.
D. The exam is offered at computer centers.
E. It will take 2-4 weeks to receive notice that you are licensed.
If you are a "covered employer" under the Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") with "covered employees," you should ensure that you are only accepting certifications of serious health conditions from those health care providers allowed under the FMLA. That definition includes: doctors of medicine or osteopathy who are authorized to practice medicine or surgery in the states in which the doctor practices; podiatrists, dentists, clinical psychologists, optometrists, nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, clinical social workers, physician assistants (who are authorized to practice under state law and who pare performing within the scope of their practice as defined under state law) and certain Christian Science Practitioners. 29 C.F.R. § 825.125(a)(1); 29 C.F.R. § 825.125(b).
However, if you or your company's health plan accepts certification of a serious health condition from any health care provider to substantiate a claim for benefits, you must also accept that certification from the provider for FMLA leave. 29 C.F.R. § 825.125(b)(4).
Who is not on the list? Nurses (unless falling into one of the categories above), physical therapists, massage therapists, counselors (unless falling into one of the categories above), hypnotists, acupuncturists, dental hygienists, any medical technicians, pharmacists, and opticians.
Keep in mind that once you accept a certification and certify the claim as covered under FMLA, you will likely not be able to easily rescind it if you discover that your company has accepted it from someone other than a "health care provider." Be careful, and remember your right to reject certifications that do not comply with the law.
There are 2 exams. The exams are owned by NBCC. You do not need to join NBCC or become a NCC (National Certified Counselor) to take the exams.
NCE Exam. This is required to become a LPC.
NCMHCE Exam. Both the NCE exam and the NCMHCE exams are required to become a LCPC.
If you have already taken the NCE exam you do not need to retake it.
Education Licensure Questions
Do I need a DEGREE in counseling/clinical psychology/art therapy/dance therapy? YES Can I have a non-clinical degree and just take the required classes? NO Is a degree from a CACREP program required? NO
I have a degree from a CACREP program but not all the classes listed as required? IT DOESN'T MATTER. If you have a degree from a CACREP program you have satisfied the educational requirements.
Illinois does not currently require a degree from a CACREP program to obtain the LPC or LCPC. See licensure education requirements. The NBCC will be requiring a degree from a CACREP program to obtain their certification the NCC (Nationally Certified Counselor). No one needs the NCC to practice in Illinois or any state. The NCC does not substitute for your need to get licensed in any state. Illinoisand most state utilize exams owned by NBCC for licenure. The NCE and NCMHCE exams. Nothing in the NBCC policy changes that or impacts access to those exams.
"the supervisor shall have met with the applicant at least one
hour each week. The supervision means the review of counseling and case
management." They could meet every other week for 2 hours each time.
The supervisor they meet with can be at their place of employment or contracted outside their place of employment.
The supervision must be live face to face. No electronic devices.
The supervisor must be a LCPC, LCSW, Lic Psychologist or Psychiatrist. (LMFT is not allowed)
Supervision can be individual or a group of no more than 5.
CEs / CEUs / PDs CE=Continuing Education. In
Illinois this is measured in clock hours. Illinois mental health
professionals licensed through IDFPR earn CEs towards their license
CEUs=Continuing Education Units. Illinois licensure does not utilize CEs. This term is frequently confused for CEs.
PDs=Professional Development Units Illinoisschool counselors / teachers may earn PDs attending trainings. PDs are not transferrable to CEs.
IMHCA -all trainings for LPC-LCPC/LSW-LCSW/LMFT/Psychologists
ICA -all trainings for LPC-LCPC/LSW-LCSW/LMFT/Psychologists
NBCC / Affiliates
ACA / Affiliates
AAMFT / Affiliates
EAPA / Affiliates
APA / Affiliates
IDFPR licensed providers
I want to attend a training by XYZ, etc. How do I know if it qualifies for CEs? Look at their CE policy to see if it lists one of the above groups. Call them to verify who provides the CEs for the event.
Can I earn CEs online? You must earn 30 CEs in every renewal period. The current renewal period is is 4/1/19-3/31/21. You can earn up to 15 CEs by methods not in person. i.e. correspondence, webinars, live webinars, online, etc. The other 15 CEs must be physically in person. CE Rules
Out of State Training Approval
Sexual Harassment prevention training required. LAW All
persons who hold a professional license issued by the Division and are
subject to a continuing education requirement shall complete a one-hour
course in sexual
harassment training. A licensee may count this one hour for completion
of this course towards meeting the minimum credit hours required for
continuing education... Completion of this course shall be a condition
of renewing a license. This requirement shall
become effective for all applicable license renewals occurring on or
after January 1, 2020.
The education rules are identical for a LPC / LCPC.
If you are missing some of the required classes but you have the correct degree you can make up the missing classes. They must be from a graduate counseling program. At least 3 semester hours each and in person or online.
Medicaid is a program with shared funding by the state and federal governments. Each state can choose to fund this differently. Illinois has limited funds.
LCPCs are not individually eligible to bill medicaid directly for client services. Many medicaid eligible people are in managed care systems that are managed by ILBCBS, Aetna, etc. LCPCs are eligible providers in this situation. They are contracted with the managed care company and not directly billing medicaid. Community mental health agencies receive funds from the state of Illinois to provide mental health services to medicaid eligible clients. LCPCs are allowed to bill as part of these community agencies.
IMHCA has attempted on three occasions to pass legislation to allow LCPCs to directly bill medicaid for elgible clients. Current (2019) House Bill HB3091.
Medicare is a federally funded program. LCPCs can not bill for medicare eligible clients. For 20 years we along with ACA, AMHCA, NBCC, AMFT and others have supported legislation to change this. Current legislation.
LPC Bill ILBCBS Our understanding, there needs to be a GROUP CONTRACT and the LPC needs to be listed on the roster and needs to undergo credentialing (submit license, malpractice insurance, etc.) The claims need to be filed under the group tax ID with the LPC's NPI number. The LPC needs to be listed as the rendering provider (not the supervisor or the practice owner.) The supervisor's name needs to be listed as the supervisor and they are required by ILBCBS to be in the office location during the time of the session. The supervisor needs to routinely review the file. The LPC needs to participate in supervision according to counselor licensure regulations. Claims will be paid at the masters level clinician fee rate.
Will a LCPC with a PhD or EdD receive a different reimbursement level from the payment provider?
Insurance providers pay based upon the professional license. The counselor's degree does not impact the payment. A LCPC Masters or Doctoral level are paid the same. A psychologist is paid more based upon the license not the degree.
Number of Hours? 3,320 hours of work of which 1,920 hours in face to face counseling. Section 1375.130 (d)
The hours must be earned in no less than 2 years. There is no maximum number of years to earn experience in. Section 1375.130 (b)
1 hour weekly supervision must be by a LCPC / LCSW / Psychologist / Psychiatrist or your state equivalent. You never have to live or work in Illinois to get licensed in Illinois. Appropriately supervised clinical experience from anywhere will qualify.
What Kind of Therapy am I allowed to do?
A LCPC / LPC can provide counseling services that they are qualified for by training, education and experience.
Obviously you can not provide services beyond your scope "brain surgery", etc).
Other areas of confusion can include "Family Therapy" or "Family Counseling" . No laws in Illinois restrict "Family or Marital or Substance Abuse or Addiction Counseling" to any specific license. Services are broadly defined in the law under definitions.
Can a LPC work at a non-profit without a LCPC/LCSW on site during sessions? Yes. .
Out of State Therapy. Seeing existing clients who temporarily or permanently relocate to another state.
You and the client need to be in the state you are licensed in. There are no exceptions or provisions for teletherapy, clients on vacation, etc. If your client is in another state from Illinois you will need to meet the licensing requirements of that state/country. All Illinois license laws that apply to Illinois apply to taletherapy. Illinois has no special teletherapy laws.
What if the applicant is undocumented? Concerning IDFPR If an application comes in without an SSN the staff will flag it and the person will have to complete an affidavit as to why they do not have an SSN. Those affidavits are reviewed by the Department staff (not the Board) and may or may not progress to the next level - i.e., review for licensure. If the person says I am undocumented and therefore I do not have an SSN" they are not likely to get to the next level. If they say I am working on citizenship or something like that, they may. Then at renewal the process begins over again - they have to provide an SSN and, if none exists, affidavit again. It used to be automatic denial of renewal, but now they are reviewed on a case by case basis again. At the testing site they must produce two forms of identification. One must be a picture ID. Illinois does provide a Drivers license to undocumented individuals.
ISBE will allow someone to obtain a teaching license without a SSN but they can not be employed. Any employer of a licensed counselor (just like schools with teachers) would need to complete a I-9 for each employee verifying legal residency status.
4) Failing to establish and maintain client records and case notes, including failing to inform clients of issues related to the difficulty of maintaining the confidentiality of electronically transmitted communication. Records must be maintained for at least 7 years. In the case of a minor, records must be maintained 7 years after the minor turns 18.
What intake paperwork is required by law for counselors?
There is no specific requirement in the law for a specific type or format or intake form.
Who does a therapist need release of information for?