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Together Our Voices Are Stronger!

Join us on June 3 for Advocacy Day in Raleigh! This event is FREE open to everyone who has an interest in the profession - members of LPCANC and non-members, both. Breakfast is included, lunch is on your own. 

LPCANC Advocacy Day workshop: Details to follow.

LPCANC Advocacy Day

June 3, 2020 at 7:30 AM

Main NC General Assembly/ Legislative Building Cafeteria

(Located on the lowest level of the main building)



Name Change Legislation

Senate Bill 537, a bill that changes the title Licensed Professional Counselor to Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, was adopted by the General Assembly on October 31 and signed by Governor Cooper on November 6.  In addition to changing the name of “licensed professional counselor” to “licensed clinical mental health counselor”, the bill also allows the Licensing Board to establish a program for licensees who may be experiencing substance use disorders, burnout, compassion fatigue, and other mental health concerns and allows the Board to refer any licensee to the program as part of the disciplinary process. The law went into effect on January 1, 2020. The final version of SB 537, now Session Law 2019-240, adopted by the General Assembly can be viewed here.

For more information on the name change legislation, please visit the Licensing Board's website:


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

Legislative Victory in 2019!  Governor Cooper signed HB 70 into law on June 6, 2019, after it was adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly.  HB 70 is now Session Law 2019-23. 

This law delays mandatory connection to the HIE for LPCs, now LCMHCs, to June 1, 2020.  It also provides a process for application for additional delay and application for hardship exemption until 2022.  The application for extension provisions are found in sections (a2) and (a3) of the law found here


Template Letter for Members to Send Legislators


LPCANC Lobbyist

Ashley Matlock Perkinson

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