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Advocacy Committee

Chair: Joanne Coddington



To address advocacy and policy issues relating to and affecting the Licensed Professional Counselor community and advise the Board on potential actions.

Responsibilities of Advocacy Committee:

  • Monitor and provide comment on policy issues of interest to the Licensed Professional Counselor community.

  • Develop LPCANC recommendations for Licensed Professional Counselor policies and practices for Institutions and advocate for their implementation.

  • Maintain and expand relationships with state agencies and national organizations within the Licensed Professional Counselor community

  • Collaborate with other LPCANC committees, officers, staff, and Board members on projects to advance/promote/facilitate the mission of the LPCANC.


Advocacy Priorities

LPCANC’s 2019 Top Priorities

1.  VICTORY UPDATE!: Gov. Copper signed HB 70 into law on June 6, 2019.

State Law 2019-23 can be viewed here: NC State Law 2019-23 - Delay HealthConnex

LPCANC was a vigorous and instrumental supporter of the legislation to delay of the requirement that all healthcare providers who receive state funds must connect to NC HealthConnex by June 2019 in order to receive payments for services provided.  The NC Health Information Exchange Connectivity Feasibility Study released on July 25, 2018 by the NC Department of Information Technology, the NC Department of Health and Human Service, and the State Health Plan, recommends that the HIE requirement for behavioral health providers be delayed until at least 2020. According to the Study, 35% of providers do not have the technology to meet the pending mandate to connect. LPCANC is concerned that many licensed behavioral health professionals, including licensed professional counselors, will decide to no longer provide services to Medicaid, Health Choice and State Health Plan patients causing hardship to those covered by these plans. 


LPCANC Lobbyist

Ashley Matlock Perkinson

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