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Life Lines                                                  January 2018
   
YOU MAY NOT KNOW THIS!
 
All health professionals licensed in Michigan are required to have a course in Human Trafficking in order to renew their license. This law was passed by the state legislature with oversight by the Department of Licensing and Regulation (LARA). We are offering seven workshops around the state through May of this year to meet this requirement. There will be more workshops offered in the fall and in 2019. 6 CEU's provided for LLPC/LPC, Social Workers, and CAADC. All health professionals are welcome. Register at: www.mmhca.org
 
We Have Your Back!
Michigan Public Policy Advocacy
on behalf of MMHCA Members  
By: James Blundo Executive Director
In the summer of 2017 we met with the Department of Licensing and Regulation (LARA) decision makers to clarify issues and language that will strengthen LLPC/LPC license.
Besides Napoleon Harrington, MMHCA President and me, we were represented by Dr. Sara Sue Schaeffer and Dr. Irene Ametrano co-chairs of the MMHCA Public and Legislation Committee. Also participating were Noah Smith our retained lobbyist from Capitol Services and Dr. Donald Amidon a longtime advocate for MMHCA. It was a very productive conversation with the LARA representatives. They were very positive towards our efforts to strengthen our license.
The legislation is about to be introduced in the Michigan legislature. We will need your support to pass a bill to strengthen and update our LLPC/LPC License passed in 1989.
Please help us by joining or renewing your membership in MMHCA. We will be asking you to contact your state representatives to support passage of our bill. We really need you to help us and your profession. This legislation will allow for portability and equality with mental health professions.
Please join us for our Networking & Breakfast Meeting set for Friday, January 26th,2018 at Recipes Restaurant in Rochester or attend the breakfast meeting set for Friday, March 16th at Theo & Stacy's Restaurant in Portage. We will update you in on the latest public policy and legislative initiatives. In addition, Consultants from Blue Cross Blue Shield will provide invaluable information on navigating their reimbursement system.
To register and for additional details go to our mobile friendly website. www.mmhc.org
UPCOMING EVENTS
January 26 Networking and Breakfast at Recipes Restaurant in Rochester
February 17 Nuts & Bolts of Private Practice in Rochester
February 23 Human Trafficking Workshop at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti
March 9 Human Trafficking Workshop at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor
March 16 Networking and Breakfast at Theo & Stacy's Restaurant in Portage
March 23 Human Trafficking Workshop at Central Michigan University in Mt Pleasant
March 24 Human Trafficking Workshop at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing
April 6 Human Trafficking Workshop at Henry Ford College in Dearborn
April 21 Human Trafficking Workshop at Rochester College in Rochester
May 18 Human Trafficking at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo
Executive Director Report
Out of My Mind
Happy New Year from MMHCA!
In 2017 we produced 14 workshops across the state on Human Trafficking. We held workshops on Billing and Coding, and also provided training for Blue Cross Reimbursement. We hosted several Networking Breakfast Meetings, and Networking at Night events to update you on ongoing MMHCA initiatives. We will continue the same offerings in 2018. See our mobile friendly website for dates and locations. www.mmhca.org
Our efforts in the public policy arena in 2017 were fruitful both nationally and in Michigan.
Legislation was introduced in the US House of Representative and the US Senate to include for the first time LPC's as core providers under Medicare. We will let you know the critical moment for your assistance through calls to members of the House and Senate to pass the bills.
We thank our US Senator Debbie Stabenow because she is the main person behind inclusion for LPC's. She is a major supporter of Social Workers and Counselors on Federal Policy.
In Michigan we are poised to introduce legislation that will strengthen the LPC License without interfering with our peers. It will change some old language from our original LLPC/LPC legislation passed in 1989 and allow easier access to portability across state lines.
In 2018 our newest workshop is The Nuts and Bolts of Private Practice and Creative Development in Outpatient Clinics. It is slated for Saturday, February 17th, at Bellbrook in Rochester Hills. Watch our website for details.
Future Topics on MMHCA's Horizon:
  • Writing your vision and mission statement
  • Creating a business plan or evolving the present one
  • Developing new skills with our face-to-face training
  • Diversifying your practice (teaching, training, consulting, administrative positions)
  • Niche options (Integrated Care, Outpatient Clinics, Business Coaching, Testing, Trauma Recovery, Substance Abuse treatment, family and group counseling alternative therapies, and other specialties).
  • How to conduct your practice to avoid a lawsuit or licensing complaints.
  • Marketing strategies (print, social media, website, networking groups, face to face networking, volunteering)
  • Billing and Coding using DSM and ICD10 and other vital information
  • Ethics training--CPH offers 10% discount for two years with our 4-hour course (www.cphins.com)
  • Personal coaching and referrals will be available for those that want to have one-on-one support and advice.
Pricing will be substantially less to MMHCA members for all of our workshops and trainings.
       I.          The best value for you? Join or renew your MMHCA membership. www.mmhca.org
     II.          If you're not sure whether your membership is current please email: jamesblundo@att.net .
    III.          Please help us promote the work of MMHCA by forwarding this newsletter to your peers.
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James Blundo, LPC, CCMHC, NCC
MMHCA Executive Director
New Michigan Law Requires Training In Human Trafficking!
Upcoming Human Trafficking Workshops
February 23, 2018 at Eastern Michigan Univ. 
March 9 2018 at Spring Arbor University 
March 23, 2018 at Central Michigan University
March 24, 2018 at Great Lakes Christian
April 6, 2018 at Henry Ford College Dearborn
April 21, 2018 at Rochester College
May 18, 2018 at Western Michigan University
More Information and Online Registration on www.mmhca.org.
 
1)    MMHCA and Allied Health Members: $100.00                
2)    Non-Members: $150.00
3)  MMHCA 1-Year Membership Plus Workshop: $200.00   
4)    Group Rates: $125.00 contact RDavisLPC@gmail.com  for details
5)    Students: $75.00
Approved: 6 CREDIT NBCC HOURS
"MMHCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider,
ACEP No. 2064. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.
MMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs."
Approved: 6 CREDIT MCBAP HOURS
This course is approved by Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals.
Approved: 6 CREDIT CE SW HOURS
Course approval #011018-02 - If you wish to report a problem with this training,
IF YOU NEED SPECIAL ASSISTANCE YOU MUST CALL THE OFFICE AT LEAST 14 DAYS BEFORE THE WORKSHOP OR WE CANNOT GUARANTEE ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE. 248-930-0644
 
Human Trafficking Information
There has been much confusion regarding the required training standards by the new Michigan Law regarding Human Trafficking.
It is difficult to determine what you are obligated to take to meet the state requirements.  If your only goal is to meet the minimum standards, then our training is probably not for you.
MMHCA decided to offer the best workshop available based on the laws outlined. We created the best possible training available. Here is how we did it.
Dr. Jeremy Norwood who is on the faculty at Spring Arbor University was approached to develop the workshop. He used the stated language from the bill and developed an outline. We then looked at his extensive knowledge of the topic and decided to have him produce a powerful workshop based on his knowledge and experiences.
In addition to his extensive work in this arena, every year he takes a group of students to Asia to study Human Trafficking. Dr. Norwood is presently in Cambodia with a group of students studying the sociological impact and its connection to US trafficking.
Those that have taken the workshop describe it as powerful and intense. They walk away with a greater understanding of the major impact and possible strategies for intervention.
Please consider our offering. It will change your life for the better. In addition, it qualifies for 6 hours of CEU's and a certificate to prove your participation.
We encourage health professionals and graduate students to use our workshops for the best quality training in Michigan.

MMHCA Lobbyist Speaks! 
Executive Director, Jim Blundo with our Lobbyist, Noah Smith. Noah spoke at the MMHCA Annual Meeting last October, 2017. Noah has been lobbying for LPC's in Lansing for 30 years. Please join MMHCA to help support this advocacy process!
    




Jeremy S. Norwood, MA, PHd, JD 
Dr. Jeremy Norwood is currently an Associate Professor and serves as Chair of the Department of Sociology, Global Studies, and Criminal Justice at Spring Arbor University.  In addition to completing his doctoral dissertation on human trafficking indicators amongst migrant farmworker populations in Western Michigan, he has helped to train thousands of professionals from several fields (counselors, social workers, dental hygienists, public health officials, emergency room personnel, probation officers, among other groups) across the State per the requirements listed by the State of Michigan. 

 
Sign up Now for Next MMHCA Sponsored Supervision Training
ATTENTION:
THROUGH JANUARY 22, 2018 YOU CAN NOW
REGISTER FOR THE NEXT SUPERVISOR TRAINING PROGRAM which will BEGIN IN
January 2018.

Visit www.TheMentoringInst.com for details.

TRAINING SCHEDULE:
December 18, 2017 to January 22, 2018: Registration
January 26, 2018 to February 24, 2018: Complete two Home Study Modules
March 3, 2018: First Training Day
April 14, 2018: Second Training Day
LOCATION OF TRAINING DAYS: 1534 Woodland Dr.
Portage, MI

To register:
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PRINT AND COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM FOR THE 40 HOUR
PROGRAM AND MAIL IT WITH YOUR PAYMENT TO:
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269-327-6030

Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association
Community and Advocacy
People ask me why I belong to MMHCA and I am going to tell you why. Because MMHCA is my community. MMHCA has my back in the state of Michigan. As an LPC I don't have time to go to Lansing every time there is a Board of Counseling meeting. I don't have the knowledge and skills necessary to explain to LARA what our scope of practice is and how the law needs to read in order to protect it. That is why I support MMHCA both financially and through my volunteer work on the MMHCA Board of Directors. As far as I am concerned, paying my MMHCA dues is the most important business expense I have. By helping to support MMHCA, the only Association in Michigan paying our Lobbyist in Lansing, I am able to take part in the important work to protect our interests. Community and Advocacy, are you in?

Newsletter by:
Cindy S. Goldman, MEd, LPC, NCC
MMHCA Member at Large