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A Training Resource

By Jim Messina, Ph.D., CCMHC, NCC, DCMHS-T

The Gerontology Section Theme Song

We were luck on March 29, 2019 to hear Ben Platt sing one song from his new album which went public that day. His album is: Sing to Me Instead.  The song he sang on The Today Show was Older. Older is now the official Theme Song for our Gerontology Section. You can listen to it by going to:

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From: National Council for Behavioral Health advisory which expedites your ability to contact your representatives in the Congress and Senate about the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S.286/H.R.945).

Take Action: Support Expanding Medicare Mental Health Workforce

Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Representatives John Katko (R-NY) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) have reintroduced legislation to increase access to mental health care. The bill - the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 286/H.R. 945) - would allow marriage and family therapists (MFTs) and licensed mental health counselors to directly bill Medicare for their services. This simple change would immediately increase patients' access to needed mental health care.
Currently, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors are not eligible Medicare providers, despite the important role they play in delivering prevention, treatment, and recovery services to older adults and people with disabilities. Allowing more qualified providers to serve Medicare patients would alleviate the strain on our nation's mental health and addiction workforce serving Medicare enrollees, especially those serving in rural and frontier communities.
To help the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 286/H.R. 945) move quickly to passage, we need your help in showing broad support for legislation by gathering cosponsors for the legislation. Will you take two minutes today to urge your legislators to cosponsor the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 286/H.R. 945)?


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