News & Updates

  • 16 Aug 2012 9:00 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    WAPROCA General Meetings via Conference Call will resume quarterly, for updates and Q&A. Watch for the upcoming announcement and dates. A lot is going on in WA State for Certified Counselors and Certified Advisers, and we look forward to sharing the news and connecting with you.
  • 21 May 2012 2:49 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    On May 16, 2012 the WA State Dept. of Health released six additional professions for online renewal. 


    They are:

    • Athletic Trainer
    • Dental Assistant
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Dental Hygiene Renewable Limited
    • Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary
    • Recreational Therapist

    They join Agency Affiliated Counselors, Animal Massage – Small, Animal Massage – Large, Dietitians, Hypnotherapists, Naturopathic Physicians, Nutritionists, Pharmacy Technicians, Surgical Technologists and Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical.

    Renew online here:  http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/RenewalsOnline.htm

    You will not be able to renew online if:

    • Your credential has already expired.
    • You are currently in any other status such as military, inactive, or retired.
    • You want to change your status from active to military, inactive, or retired.
    • You have an address change.
    • You have a name change.

    If your contact information is not current in the departments system, please complete and submit the address change form. Please include a valid email address. Contact the Department of Health prior to online renewal to make sure your contact information has been updated.

     

    Please contact the Customer Service Office at 360.236.4700 for assistance.

  • 29 Feb 2012 3:36 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    In this video, meet Jennifer Stuber and Sue Eastgard, who have helped bring proposed legislation forward on Suicide Prevention Training and continuing education for certain health care and mental health service providers in WA State.

    Click here to see video on King5.com

    Jennifer's husband, Matt, took his own life a year ago this month. It has been a pleasure to work with them both, on the work group formed to discuss and recommend this critical focus to save lives.

    Representative Tina Orwall, from the 33rd Legislative District, has been our driving and collaborative force toward this new legislation. WAPROCA is active in the work group and a strong supporter of this proposed legislation.

    WAPROCA will be offering specific training for Certified Counselors and Certified Advisers on this important topic, focused within current scope of practice guidelines.

  • 11 Feb 2012 1:54 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    On December 16, 2011, the Department of Health began implementing online renewals using a phased approach. Over the course of the next 17 months they will roll out additional professions for online renewal. The renewals Web page will display the updated list of professions able to renew online. A small convenience charge to cover costs may apply.

    Click this link to read more...
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/RenewalsOnline.htm

    Please note that currently, only the following four professions may renew online during the first phase of the project:

    1. Surgical Technologists
    2. Pharmacy Technicians
    3. Naturopathic Physicians
    4. Licensed Social Work Associate - Independent Clinical

    Credential holders will not be able to renew online if:

    • Their credential has already expired.
    • They are currently in any other status such as military, inactive, or retired.
    • They want to change status from active to military, inactive, or retired.
    • They have an address change. Please see information below to update your address.
    • They have a name change.  Please contact our Customer Service staff at 360.236.4700 for information.

     

  • 10 Feb 2012 3:43 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    SHB 2366 (Suicide Prevention Training) has passed the House with strong support.  92 to 5. The bill is now headed to the Senate. WAPROCA is a strong supporter of this new legislation!

    Thank you for your feedback!

  • 11 Jan 2012 6:16 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Join us tomorrow, January 12, 2012 @ 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M., for an important General Meeting to discuss the proposed legislation for continuing education on Suicide Prevention. This bill requires certain mental health professionals to complete training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management prior to initial licensure/certification and on an ongoing basis thereafter. This includes all Certified Counselors and Certified Advisers.

     

    WAPROCA has a voice in this Work Group, attending two recent Stakeholder meetings and a public hearing - this past Monday, January 9th, in Olympia. Let us hear from you!

     

    Click here to read the proposed legislation.

    We hold General Meetings on the second Thursday of each month - excluding July, August, and December. Our next General Meeting via Conference Call is tomorrow:

     January 12, 2012 (Thursday)

    6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

    For conference call information, please send an email to: meeting@waproca.org  You will receive an immediate and automated response with additional details to join the call.

  • 06 Jan 2012 1:18 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    House Bill 2220 is draft legislation requiring certain health professionals to complete continuing education in suicide assessment, treatment, and management.  Certified Counselors and Certified Advisers are included in this proposed draft.

    Read more about the proposed legislation by clicking here!

    I have attended two stakeholder meetings to discuss this draft legislation, which will be reviewed at a public hearing with the Health Care & Wellness Committee in Olympia on Monday, January 9th, 2012.  Additional information regarding the public hearing can be found by clicking here!  

    WAPROCA has submitted a detailed response to Rep. Tina Orwall (33rd Legislative District), who graciously facilitated the two stakeholder meetings.  The outline of our response, including comments, concerns, and recommendations will be posted shortly.

    Please let me know if you would like to join us at this public hearing.  contact@waproca.org

    Review of this draft legislation, and our response, will be reviewed at our next General Meeting, on Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 6PM-7:30PM.  For more information about attending our General Meeting, please go to http://waproca.org/meeting.

  • 29 Dec 2011 2:03 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    "Offices within local communities are responsible for receiving and investigating reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. Reports are received by Child Protective Services (CPS) located in each community office and assessed to determine whether the report meets the legal definition of abuse or neglect and how dangerous the situation is."

    http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/safety/abuseReport.asp

  • 13 Oct 2011 1:12 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    Adopted Fee Increases Effective December 1, 2011.  Registered Hypnotherapists, and other credentials - EXCLUDING Certified Counselors and Certified Advisers, have fee schedule changes, as authorized by the 2011 legislature (2ESHB1087, Chapter 50, 2011 Laws 1st Special Session PV). 

    "These fee increases are necessary for programs to remain in operation and ensure patient safety." 

    The exclusion for Certified Counselors and Certified Advisers is due to the recent creation of the new credentials.  CLICK HERE for more information.
  • 04 Oct 2011 11:58 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    HEAL-WA is an authoritative, current, evidence-based information for health care providers in Washington State.  Visit the website now to find a great number of resources and articles for health care practitioners in Washington.  CLICK HERE!

    While much of the information is available to all website visitors, there are some areas which require a login and password.  Logon credentials are provided to the professional credentials which pay a HEAL-WA fee as part of their annual renewal fee.  Those credentials include:  Chiropractors, East Asian Medicine Practitioners, Massage Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Naturopathic Physicians, Optometrists, Osteopathic Physicians and Osteopathic Physician Assistants, Physicians and Physician Assistants, Podiatrists, Psychologists, Registered Nurses, and Social Workers. The Marriage and Family Therapist credential will be able to access this resource as of January 1, 2012.

    Certified Counselors, Certified Advisers, and Registered Hypnotherapists do not pay a fee to access the protected areas of the website.  Access to this resource includes an additional fee for each credential to have access added.  If you are a Certified Counselor, Certified Adviser or Registered Hypnotherapist, and would like to have access considered for your credential please write to us and let us know.

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