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.