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Advocacy

 

LPCANC Advocacy Day

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Register online https://www.lpcanc.org/event/AdvocacyDay

 

Advocacy Committee

Chair:

Katrice Rankin Ward, LPC

advocacy@lpcanc.org

The Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC) is currently seeking a dedicated individual to serve as chair for the Advocacy Committee. If you know individuals who might be interested in this position (including yourself), let us know!

Mission:

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 Advocacy Priorities for 2019

1.  LPCANC supports a 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. 

Could you add that HB 70 was filed in the NC House of Representatives on February 13th and information about the bill can be found in the following link: 
https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2019/H70

2.  LPCANC supports efforts to expand opportunities for LPCs in the area of telehealth.

3. LPCANC opposes efforts to consolidate behavioral health licensing boards. The behavioral healthcare professions are each distinct and separate in training, curriculum and standards, ethics codes, accrediting bodies, scope of practice, and treatment modalities. 

4. LPCANC supports improvements to Medicaid managed care. As the North Carolina General Assembly looks at the framework of Medicaid transformation, LPCANC supports efforts to cut down unnecessary paperwork and administrative expenses for LPCs who provide Medicaid services. LPCANC also supports adequate Medicaid reimbursement rates for quality behavioral health services. 

 

Lobbyist

Ashley Matlock Perkinson

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