The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has announced revisions to the DSM 5, released in March 2022 as the DSM-TR. According to the APA, the DSM-5-TR includes revised text, clarifications to diagnostic criteria, incorporation of information on the impact of racism and discrimination on mental disorders, and updates to ICD-10-CM codes since 2013. Read more here
The Mental Health Access Improvement Act passed the United States Senate and the House of Representatives! This is groundbreaking news for the Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling Profession, the patients we serve in this country, and Medicare beneficiaries. As the next step, our legislation (S. 828/H.R. 432) goes to the desk of President Joe Biden for signing into law. Once signed into law, LPCs/LMHCs will become authorized Medicare Providers and essential in helping to alleviate some of the demand for behavioral healthcare providers across this country (inclusive of rural areas). Additionally, LPCs/LMHCs will continue to be instrumental in providing treatment during America’s Mental Health Crisis.
- AMHCA Board President, Dr. Fredrick Dombrowski