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 National Suicide Hotline Designation Act National Suicide Hotline Designation Act allows states to collect fees, such as those collected for the national 911 emergency hotline,
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VA Mental Health Counselor Bill

This historic legislation directs the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to create the first ever federal government classification for mental health counselors, referred to as an Occupational Series. The Series will allow counselors to work in federal government agencies under the title of mental health counselor instead of generic Series that apply to many professions. Social workers and psychologists have had their own Occupational Series for decades and it is past time counselors have the same level of recognition. Creation of an Occupational Series for mental health counselors has been a top federal priority for national counseling organizations for many years and is a hard won success.

S. 785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019,

Advocacy steps

Allows LCPCs to bill Medicare
Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement

Proposed legislation
Latest Action: House -
01/31/2019 Referred to the
Committee on Energy and Commerce
Allows LCPCs to bill Medicare
Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement
Proposed Legislation
Latest Action: Senate -
01/31/2019 Read twice and referred
to the Committee on Finance.
School Mental
Health Services

Mental Health Services for Students Act
Proposed Legislation
Latest Action: House -
02/08/2019 Referred to the
House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 Loan repayment
Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act of 2019
Proposed Legislation
 HR2431 Introduced 5/8/19


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