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New Senate Medicare Bill - S. 604 - Introduced to Cover Counselors
ACA's work to gain Medicare coverage of state-licensed professional counselors has taken a step forward, with the recent introduction of the "Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2011," S. 604, by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and John Barrasso (R-WY). The legislation would cover counselors and marriage and family therapists for the provision of medically necessary outpatient psychotherapy, under the same terms, conditions, and reimbursement rates as clinical social workers.
Counselors are strongly encouraged to contact both of their Senators to ask them to cosponsor the legislation. In addition to Senators Wyden and Barrasso, the legislation is currently cosponsored by Senators Mark Begich (AK), Sherrod Brown (OH), Dick Durbin (IL), Daniel Inouye (HI), and Tim Johnson (SD). You can quickly identify your Senators and see sample messages regarding the legislation at ACA's internet action center, at
Should you have any questions, contact Scott Barstow with ACA's public policy office at 800-347-664 x234, or at email@example.com.
Americans Living Longer, Healthier, Safer Lives
A study just released by the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that U.S. life expectancy at birth increased to 78.2 years in 2009, up slightly from 78.0 years in 2008. Life expectancy was up one-tenth of a year for females to 80.6 years and two-tenths of a year for men to 75.6 years.
In New Orleans This Week: Increase Your Chances of Being Published
Take the opportunity at the ACA Conference & Exposition to meet with journal editors to learn the "dos and don'ts" of publishing in scholarly journals at the "Publishing in ACA Refereed Journals: Suggestions from the Council of Editors" content session. This session will take place Friday, March 25 from 2:00–3:30 pm in Room R05 on the second floor of the Convention Center (Note: The location for this session has changed since the Program Guide was published!)
This 90-minute session is designed to promote writing, research, and scholarship to increase the knowledge base of the profession; to provide the skills needed for successful publishing in ACA refereed journals; and to clarify and demystify the publication process. Guidelines, insights, and practical tips on publishing will be offered by members of the ACA Council of Journal Editors. A Q&A will follow a brief overview of the publishing process.
The following journals will be represented during this session:
Study Finds Recommendation Letters May be Hurting Women; Helping Men
Researchers at Rice University who examined 624 recommendation letters for eight junior faculty positions at a U.S. university, found that writers of these letters are prone to make different comments when supporting the candidacy of women versus men. Analysis of the substance of the letters found women described in communal terms (social, emotive, affectionate, helpful, kind, sympathetic, nurturing, tactful, agreeable, etc), while men were described in more active or assertive terms. Bottom line: Differences in recommendation letters are having a negative influence on the hiring and promotion of women in academia and medicine. The research was sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Have You Been Selected for DSM-5 Field Testing?
Field test sites have now been determined for the 5th revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. ACA would like to identify counselors who were selected to participate in the DSM-5 field tests. If you will be involved, please let ACA's Chief Professional Officer, David Kaplan, know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worth Reading: One Third of College Students Have Sought Mental Health Counseling
A new study of more than 25,000 college students has found that one-third of them have sought mental health counseling. The "Consortium Mental Health and Counseling Study" was conducted by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Pennsylvania State University and released at the NASPA meeting recently. The findings were also the subject of a Chronicle of Higher Education story.
Last Call for ACA Sponsored Delegation to Brazil
There is still time to participate in the ACA sponsored People to People Citizen Ambassador delegation to Brazil from May 7-15, 2011. The delegation will be led by Dr. Gargi Roysircar, an ACA leader and past president of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development.
The delegation will seek to increase collaboration with Brazilian counselors and counseling organizations on topics of mutual interest. This will be combined with cultural activities highlighting the sights and sounds of the country. Additional program details and an application form are available by calling 877.787.2000 or emailing email@example.com. A direct link to the planned itinerary can be found online at:
Relevant Research: U.S. Has Highest Rate of Bipolar Disorder
The United States has the highest lifetime rate of bipolar disorder, an 11- nation study finds. About 4.4% of Americans were diagnosed with the condition at some point in their lifetime, researchers report in a new study partially funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Around the world, 2.4% of the population experienced bipolar disorder; India had the lowest rate at 0.1%. The study also reports that fewer than half of the individuals with the disorder were treated by a mental health professional, and only a quarter of those in poorer countries sought treatment.
ACA Public Policy Staff to Host Conference Call April 5
Catch up on the status of public policy issues of importance to counselors and counseling programs by participating in the ACA conference call on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 1pm – 2pm ET. Time has been set aside for Q&A with ACA Public Policy and Legislation staff members.
To participate, call 559-546-1000 and enter participant access code 518740#. Note that long-distance charges will apply. Direct questions to Christie Lum at 1-800-347-6647, x354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the News: States Slash Mental Health Funding
Over two-thirds of states have cut a cumulative $1.8 billion from mental health services between fiscal years 2009 and 2011, according to a report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. More than a dozen states reduced their mental health budgets by more than 10%. The actual impact may be worse because federal stimulus money has cushioned the blow by pumping $103 billion into the states through Medicaid since early 2009. The stimulus money has been keeping state-run health insurance programs afloat for the last 2 years, but it will end this year.
ACA Blog: A Little About a Lot
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As much as anything, it uses social media to allow counselors to interact with peers on personal and professional issues. Take a moment to visit
Reliable Resource: Connecting with People in Japan Following Disaster
If you or anyone you know has a need to reconnect with individuals in Japan during this time of earthquake recovery and relief, visit the International Red Cross at
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"Boost Up" Program To Empower Teens To Stay in School
The Advertising Council and the U.S. Army are collaborating on a new program, "Boost Up at School," that seeks to empower teens to stay in school and graduate. "Boosting" is defined in the program as creating an environment in which students help their peers by encouraging them to make good decisions, take responsibility for their actions, and seek resources that lead to success. Program components include the Boost High Online Game and a number of educator resources designed to implement the program. One out of every three students fails to graduate in four years, according to the Teacher's Guide.
Calendar: April Offers State Branch Conferences in NJ, MO, ME, CT, and SD
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