HB 2406 - Elimination of Licensing of AZ Counselors
On January 18, the Arizona House introduced HB2406, which would eliminate the Board of Behavioural Health Examinars and ELIMINATE the licensing requirements for mental health counselors. AzCA is working with ACA and other related professional organizations to kill this bill. Please keep an eye for emails from us on action items to help us with this task.
January 18, 2018: House Bill 2406 - HB2406 As Introduced
HB 2406 would eliminate the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and licensing requirements for mental health counselors and several related professions.
To become a licensed counselor in Arizona you have to earn at least a masters from an accredited college or university and complete two years of postgraduate supervised training. These licensure requirements apply to drug and alcohol counselors, school counselors, marriage and family counselors, child and adolescent counselors, and numerous other specialties.
In addition, one must be licensed to work with patients through the Veterans Administration and TRICARE, and without a license you cannot be reimbursed by Medicaid or by most insurance companies. Which means most patients would have to pay out of pocket for their mental health services.
Oppose HB 2406.