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  • 03/30/2017 7:27 PM | Gale Macke (Administrator)

    135-12-.02 Diagnosis

    (1) Persons licensed under this chapter as a professional counselor clinical social worker or marriage and family therapist who comply with this section shall be authorized to diagnose and treat mental emotional and behavioral disorders through the use of current classification systems such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and/or the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD).

    (2) On or before January 1, 2018 any person licensed under O.C.G.A. 43-10A working with people with mental illness developmental disabilities, or substance abuse shall complete a curriculum of education relating to diagnosing mental disorders, as reflected on an official transcript, to be submitted to the Board upon request. Existing licensees whose transcripts demonstrate completion of an acceptable three semester hours or five quarter hours (forty-five clock hours) graduate level course or an organized training program recognized by the Board shall be deemed to have met this requirement of training and education. A graduate level course, such as psychopathology, DSM or other course with similar content, by a regionally accredited university or an organized training program recognized and/or approved by the Board in mental disorders and diagnosing mental disorders consisting of a minimum of three semester hours or five quarter hours {forty-five clock hours) may satisfy this requirement. The Board recognizes courses map have a variety of names depending on the course provider; the Board may request additional information to determine course or program approval. The Board will recognize training programs that are approved by the Georgia chapters of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association (LPCA-GA), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Georgia Society of Clinical Social Work (GSCSW) and / or Georgia Marriage and Family Therapist Association (GAMFT).

    (3) As of April 26.2016, persons licensed under this chapter with at least ten years of experience as a professional counselor clinical social worker or marriage and family therapist working with people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, or substance abuse and in good standing with the Board are exempt from this requirement. (4) Licensees who complete an acceptable graduate level course consisting of three semester hours or five quarter hours (forty-five clock hours) or an organized training program recognized by the Board, relating to diagnosing mental disorders as defined in (2) above, and which was completed between October 1,2016 and January 1.201 8 will satisfy the required 35 continuing education hours for the renewal ending September 30, 2018


  • 03/22/2017 6:34 PM | Gale Macke (Administrator)

    Today, March 22, 2017 the House of Representatives voted 140 to 23 in support of SB 52 which removed the “sunset” provision on LPCs right to be included, permanently in the list of providers (MD, Psychiatric, Psychologist, Social Workers, and psy nurses) to sign an Involuntary Emergency Transport form (called the 10-13 for MH and the 20-13 for substance abuse). This form allows a person who is in danger of harm to themselves or others to be transported to the nearest receiving facility for an mental health evaluation.
    If the “sunset” was not removed, LPCs would have been removed from the list on July 1, 2018.

    The Senate Bill 52 is on its way to Governor Deal for his signature.
    Did you know our Governor Deal, when he Congressman Deal in Washington DC, was the sponsor, not a co-signer but The Sponsor of all our mental health bills?

    Please take a minute to email a “Thank you” to our sponsors for supporting you and mental health:
    Senator P.K. Martin P.K.Martin@senate.ga.gov

    Senator Renee’ Unterman Renee.Unterman@senate.ga.gov
    Senator Ben Watson (MD – surgeon, Savannah) ben.watson@senate.ga.gov
    Senator Jeff Mullis jeff.mullis@senate.ga.gov
    Senator Dean Burke Dean.Burke@senate.ga.gov
    Senator John Kennedy John.Kennedy@senate.ga.gov
    Representative Katie Dempsey katie.dempsey@house.ga.gov

    A Special Thank you to our Lobbyist Ms. Julianna McConnell, who has been at the capitol every day for several years now, working to bring you parity!

    Thank you to all the LPCA Past Presidents, who have worked on this legislation for 30 years! Today is a great day to celebrate being a Licensed Profession Counselor and for being fully recognized as important part of the health care system.


  • 03/22/2017 5:36 PM | Gale Macke (Administrator)

    Today, the House of Representatives voted 140 to 23 in support of SB 52 which removed the “sunset” provision on LPCs right to be included permanently in the list of providers (MD, Psychiatric, Psychologist, Social Workers, and psy nurses) to sign an Involuntary Emergency Transport form (called the 10-13 for MH and the 20-13 for substance abuse) to have a person transported to the nearest receiving facility for an mental health evaluation. If the “sunset” was not removed, LPCs would have been removed from the list on July 1, 2018.

  • 03/22/2017 5:36 PM | Gale Macke (Administrator)

    LPCs have not yet been added to the list of Medicaid providers authorized to diagnose by DBHDD.

    DBHDD, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability had predicted to implement this change by the end of 2016. The delay is the direct result of a 2008 federal ruling requiring any changes in DBHDD policy be approved at the federal level. This process takes approximately two years to complete. IF the Federal Government goes with Medicaid “Block Grant” funding this would eliminate the Federal oversite and the issue.


  • 01/20/2017 3:07 PM | Gale Macke (Administrator)
    US Army Recognizes CACREP Grads for Independent Practice--In October the US Department of the Army finally opened up employment eligibility for independent practice to LPC/LMHC-licensed graduates of CACREP accredited programs. The policy emerged after a long-delayed Army review of hiring standards for LPCs/LMHCs that began in 2014. The new policy represents a significant breakthrough for the profession. Currently, other active duty branches of the Department of Defense do not recognize LPCs/LMHCs for independent practice, but the Army policy will put internal pressure on these branches to conform their personnel policies to TRICARE’s and the Army’s.  
  • 11/15/2016 10:22 AM | Gale Macke (Administrator)

    WAS…

    (2) Persons licensed as Professional Counselors may:

    (a) administer and interpret assessment instruments to evaluate emotional and mental

    problems and conditions, whether cognitive, behavioral or affective;

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    NOW

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    (2) Persons licensed as Professional Counselors may:

    (a) use assessment instruments to evaluate emotional and mental problems and  conditions, whether cognitive, behavioral or affective;

    What do you think about the word change?  Let us know. 


  • 08/18/2016 3:27 PM | Gale Macke (Administrator)

    Just reminder, from our Lobbyist-Senate Hearing Monday August 22, 2016

    Senator Unterman’s Health and Human Services Committee will be meeting on Monday at the Capitol at 10:00 ROOM 450, top floor of the Capitol building.  Meeting August 22, 2016

    I will be attending – just wanted to be sure you knew about this meeting in case any of you might also be available to attend. The committee agenda is attached – focusing on rural healthcare issue.

    We hope you can attend also!


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