Current Issues

These are the high priority federal policy issues on which ACA is working. Your help is needed! Click on the issues listed to pull up a briefing paper or advocacy kit on the topic, and find out how you can help us move forward.

  • Medicare bill introduced in the U.S. House

    Mar 11, 2014
    Legislation marks the end of a five year legislative drought.
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  • Counselors continue to be all but shut out of the VA. Here's what you can do to help

    Mar 26, 2013
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  • Medicare Coverage of Licensed Professional Counselors – Bill Introduced in 113th Congress

    Mar 19, 2013
    Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and John Barrasso (R-WY) have introduced legislation to establish Medicare coverage of licensed professional counselors and marriage and family therapists. The bill--S. 562, the “Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2013”--would cover only medically-necessary outpatient mental health services, and would reimburse licensed professional counselors and marriage and family therapists at the same reimbursement rates, and under the same terms and conditions, as clinical social workers. Counselors should contact their state's U.S. Senators to ask them to cosponsor S. 562.
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  • Student Support Act: Reducing the student to counselor ratio

    Feb 11, 2013
    The Student Support Act amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and creates matching grants of at least $1 million to states for allocation to local educational agencies so that additional school-based mental health and student service providers may be hired, thereby reducing the student-to-counseolr ratios in elementary and secondary schools.
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  • Support Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013

    Feb 11, 2013
    ACA supports the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013, which was introduced on January 31. It is designed to increase students’ access to mental-health services in schools by establishing a new grant program that supports collaboration between local education agencies and community based health and social service organizations focused on children and youth. Ask your Senators to sign on as co-sponsors to help build bi-partisan support.
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