Tennessee Mental Health Counseling Association
TMHCA is a state Division of
Tennessee Counseling Association
Tennessee Counseling Association - 54th Annual Conference
Coming Together, Working Together, Succeeding Together
Hosted by Martha Polk and West Tennessee Counseling Associations
November 19 – 22, 2011
Hilton Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee
2011 AMHCA Awards Honor Excellence and Commitment to Mental Health Counseling
TMHCA wins TWO awards!
NBCC, ACA and AMHCA are pleased to announce that on July 26, 2011, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh signed Army Directive 2011-09, Employment of Licensed Professional Counselors as Fully Functioning Army Substance Abuse Program Practitioners.
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The directive became effective upon signature by Secretary of the Army McHugh on July 26, 2011.
We have been told that the directive is a temporary policy that allows counselors to practice independently until the TRICARE regulations are completed as directed by the FY 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 111-383).
You may recall that the TRICARE regulations were due out by June 20, 2011, but the deadline was missed and we were told that it may be another six months or more. There is no requirement that the final TRICARE regulations establish the same criteria as this directive. NBCC, ACA and AMHCA continue to urge the Department of Defense to adopt broad TRICARE regulations that recognize all qualified professional counselors.
Qualifying counselors who are interested in ASAP positions should act quickly. The Army is in dire need of more counselors and recently launched a national hiring initiative described here: www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2011/08/army-urgent-to-hire-130-substance-abuse-counselors-asap/.The job announcements reference social workers and psychologists, but we have confirmed with ASAP leadership that these positions are available to professional counselors.
ASAP vacancies are posted here for interested counselors: http://medcell.army.mil/spotlight.asp?id=20
Our organizations are pleased with this step forward, but continue to encourage recognition of all qualified professional counselors. We invite counselors to report back on any challenges or successes they experience as the result of this new policy and employment opportunities.