Western Region

Welcome to the Western Region webpage. The American Counseling Association has four regions. The Western Region represents professional counselors who live and practice in the western part of the US, as well as the Philippines.

There are 13 states, plus the Philippines, in the Western Region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington State, and Wyoming. ACA members who reside in any of these jurisdictions and belong to the ACA automatically belong to the ACA-Western Region.

2017-2018 Leadership

Western Region Chair
Becky Rudd
rrudd@ewu.edu

Western Region Chair-Elect
Jamie Davila
jljdavila@gmail.com

Western Region Past Chair
Elizabeth Forsyth
elizabeth.forsyth@me.com 

Governing Council Representative
Diana Pals
dianapals@hotmail.com

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Latest News

White House Supports Additional Type of Group Health-Care Insurance Plan

by Kathie Felix | Jan 17, 2018
Late last month, the White House proposed new rules that would make it easier for small businesses, sole proprietors, and individuals to group together in “association” to buy insurance in the large group market. These association plans, as they are known, would be exempt from many of the consumer protections—including required mental health coverage—that are mandated by the Affordable Care Act, which now provides coverage for some of the same types of customers.
An association plan has no connection with the American Counseling Association or other professional associations. The name refers to a group of businesses and individuals associating with each other for the purpose of obtaining insurance.

The Labor Department predicts that as many as 11 million people may join these association plans. A 60-day period for public comment on the proposal is currently under way. The opportunity for public comment ends March 6, 2018.  

Read more on the American Counseling Association Government Affairs blog