Advocacy Action Alert - Please contact your legislators today!
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Posted by: Glenna Thurston
The North Carolina General Assembly's Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee (APO) is considering a proposal to consolidate certain North Carolina behavioral healthcare licensing boards, Bill Draft 2015-TQz-40 (v.7) (03./15).
The NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC) is among those being considered for consolidation. One of the proposals considered by the APO is to consolidate the Licensed Substance Abuse Counselors (LSAC) Board and the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) Board under the LPC Licensing Board.
Please contact your NC House member and NC Senate member ASAP! Click here to find contact information for your state House and state Senate members.
Please say “I, ________, a NC LPC, OPPOSE any effort to consolidate the LMFT Board and the LSAC Professional Practice Board under the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC) as outlined under Bill Draft 2015-TQz-40.”
That’s all you need to say!
Some of the reasons we oppose this bill draft:
(1) All of these professions, representing more than 24,000 licensed behavioral healthcare professionals in NC, are regulated by statutes, and the licensing boards are independent, self-supporting, and do not depend on the State of NC for any financial resources.
(2) Consolidation of behavioral healthcare licensing boards dilutes the stature of the distinct professions and diminishes the value of each of the licenses; such action may further increase the shortage of behavioral healthcare professionals in some areas of NC.
Gigi Hamilton, LPCS, NCC, DCC, CSAC, CRS