Legislative Priorities 2022

The Advocacy Committee is Here for You! 

LPCANC is a 501c6 nonprofit membership association founded in 1995 on one key principle: advocacy for the licensed clinical mental counseling profession. As the only North Carolina organization that lobbies on behalf of the entire clinical mental health counseling profession, LPCANC works diligently to advocate and promote, protect, and develop the scope of practice of North Carolina’s LCMHCs. 

Annually LPCANC develops an Advocacy Agenda to support and advance the public policy and legislative priorities for our profession. LPCANC values its members’ input to help direct the course of LPCANC Advocacy. The purpose of the LPCANC Advocacy Committee is to enact and support LPCANC’s mission: To promote the development of LCMHCs through advocacy and provide a voice for public policy, direct the activities of our professional lobbyist, and respond to the continuing education needs of LCMHCs in North Carolina. The Advocacy Committee works to increase public and political awareness of LCMHC's critical role as providers of comprehensive mental health counseling services across the lifespan.

LPCANC advocates for you, your profession, and those we

serve by:

Having a lobbyist to represent and advocate for the needs of LCMHCs and their clients at the North Carolina General Assembly.

Strategizing, providing comment and recommendations, and working with key stakeholders and partners.

Tracking and responding to legislation that is introduced during legislative sessions that affects the LCMHC profession.

Regularly attending meetings to stay involved with issues that legislators address.

Develop alliances and partnerships with stakeholders and organizations with mutual interests and common ground.

Attending monthly coalition meetings to be informed and up-to-date on issues that affect our profession.

Collect, address and respond to member concerns, and pressing issues and work to influence policy regarding those concerns.

Promote the LCMHC profession through the development of better policies and legislation.

Provide legislative and public policy updates impacting our profession.

Our Association will monitor ongoing trends in Telehealth, Medicaid expansion, and COVID recovery legislation.

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2022 Legislative Agenda 

The Licensed Professional Counselor Association of North Carolina (LPCANC) promotes, protects, and develops the practice of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC). The Legislative Agenda is designed to support and advance the priorities of the LCMHC profession and scope of practice in adherence to the LCMHC Code of Ethics. 

  • To promote and support the Interstate Counseling Compact Legislation (Counseling Compact) to address portability and ensure consumer protection.

  • Work with partners and our national association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) to advance and secure the passage of Medicare provider recognition for mental health counselors (and marriage and family therapists).

  • Expansion of Medical and Behavioral Health Services: LPCANC supports the insurance plan inclusion of mental health services in physical health

  • Address VA hiring rates of licensed clinical mental health counselors.

  • To monitor and advocate for reimbursement rates from behavioral health services from licensed counselors.

  • Promote and support continuation of Telemental Health Service access; to include legislation and funding for Statewide TeleHealth Services.

  • Serve as conduit for matters of concern between membership and North Carolina governing entities.

  • Seek and collaborate in supportive networking relationships with other professional associations as beneficial to NC LCMHCs.

  • Work to inform members of advancements, changes, and any potential impact to the profession.

  • LPCANC will work to actively solicit and address membership concerns.