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Advocacy History


LPCANC History is important.

It provides a great longitudinal perspective of LPCANC's record of advocacy success since 2000 to present.

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Ongoing advocacy and lobbying is vitally important for     a profession such as North Carolina's Licensed Professional Counselors.

Advocacy provides oversight and helps to protect our scope of practice. Advocacy educates and ensures key legislators and policy makers are well informed of LPCs professional qualifications.


2018 - LPCANC has targeted the inclusion of LPC to provide Involuntary Commitment Evaluations since 2004. With persistency and successful advocacy, SB 630 Revise IVC Laws to Improve Behavioral Health added LPCs and became law. This legislation addition of  LPCs as providers eligible to conduct first evaluations for involuntary commitment in North Carolina is an important milestone. 

2015 - LPCANC successfully lobbies for legislation, SB 279, Amend the Professional Counselors Act, upgrading licensure requirements to 60 hr. counseling only degrees from CACREP programs on or after July 1, 2022. 

2012 - Addition of LPCAs as Medicaid providers. In 2012, LPCANC successfully lobbied in cohort with other professional associations to include LPCAs as Medicaid behavioral healthcare providers allowing LPCAs employment opportunities while gaining post-graduate clinically supervised practice hours.

2010 - The NC Department of Insurance issues a statement confirming LPCAs as fully qualified to be third party reimbursable while under supervision

2010 - LPCANC 10 year history of advocacy with the North Carolina Office of State Personnel finally adds permanent job classifications series specifically designated for LPCs: 04162 Licensed Professional Counselor and 04171 Licensed Professional Counselor Specialist. Previously, despite strenuous advocacy efforts dating back to 2001, the LPC job classifications were considered "draft" and LPC's were not officially recognized within the North Carolina Office of State Personnel system. LPCs were often employed within the Human Service Clinical Counselor series.

2009 - LPCANC, after consultation with NBCLPC, worked tirelessly to improve the original LPC Act. LPCANC sponsored legislation for additional licensure categories - LPC-A and LPC-S. LPCANC successfully lobbies for “An Act to Amend the License Professional Counselor Act” which converted the terminology of Board Eligible LPC to an official license as Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A) and adds a supervisor credential of LPC-S. 

2008 - LPCANC hires full-time Lobbyist dedicated solely to advocacy efforts on behalf of LPCs and LPCANC: Ashley Matlock Perkinson, Attorney at Law.

2007- HB 973 Mental Health Equitable Coverage (NC Parity Bill) sponsored by Rep. Martha Alexander. LPCANC lobbied in coalition with Professional Association Council for HB 973, which became law. HB 973, now NC law requires equitable coverage in mental health with physical illnesses.

2006 – LPC “Board Eligible” status became recognized on par with provisional licensure of other behavioral healthcare licenses.

2006 - LPCANC advocacy successfully enables LPCs to receive State level licensed behavioral healthcare provider recognition within the array of NC Medicaid Enhanced Service Definitions.

2005 – LPCANC advocated with NCBLPC for ethics CEU requirement. In December 2005, NCBLPC agrees to LPCANC advocacy efforts to require a 3-hour minimum CEU in Professional Ethics for licensure renewal.

2004 – LPCANC’s tireless pursuit to obtain Medicaid direct-enrollment for North Carolina's LPCs is a great success. Advocacy works! LPCs are now eligible for NC Medicaid Direct enrolled provider status. LPCANC advocated tirelessly to obtain direct enrolled provider status for NC LPCs. Direct enrollment of LPCs as Medicaid providers became effective February 1, 2005. Prior to 2005, LPC were required to bill Medicaid through local area mental health centers for reimbursement.

2003 – Medicaid CPT codes - LPC's became eligible to bill Medicaid CPT procedure codes for outpatient therapy services. LPCs were not direct-enrolled providers with the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) and therefore were required to contract with local mental health centers in order to bill services and receive reimbursement.

2003 - Successful LPCANC advocacy efforts result in IBM agreement to include LPCs on provider panels under its health plans, beginning in 2004.

2001- LPCANC successfully lobbies for LPCANC sponsored legislation HB 593: Mandatory Insurance Reimbursement which requires all indemnity insurers who provide mental health insurance benefits to employees in North Carolina to reimburse a Licensed Professional Counselor for services rendered. This legislation became the "great equalizer" for LPCs in private practice and influenced other mental health plans to follow suit with the industry standard and recognize LPC’s for reimbursement.

2001- LPCANC advocacy yields N.C. Budget Provision which gives LPCs ability to bill using CPT codes.

2001 - After many months of steadfast LPCANC advocacy, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NC adds LPCs to their NC insurance panels.

1997 – LPCANC sponsored legislation, S.B. 597 An Amendment to the Professional Corporations Act. By grassroots advocacy and a part-time lobbyist, LPCs are added to the Professional Corporations Act allowing LPCs to legally incorporate into a collaborative practice with other licensed healthcare professionals.

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