News & Updates

  • 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.
  • 01 Oct 2011 3:53 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    Are you familiar with the crisis resource information in your community?  Do you share this information in your practice, crisis phone numbers on your voicemail, etc.?  These valuable and often life saving resources are a perfect way to connect your clients (family and friends too) to the help they may be seeking.

    CLICK HERE for more information, or go to www.crisisclinic.org
  • 19 Sep 2011 1:12 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    A new national study shows that from 2005 to 2009 there was a 55 percent increase in emergency department visits for drug related suicide attempts by men aged 21 to 34.  Read more...
  • 18 Sep 2011 10:46 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a report this summer providing state-by-state analyses of a wide range of behavioral health issues. It reveals that despite some wide variations among the states in the types and levels of problems they confront, every state faces a significant challenge dealing with these issues. Read more...

  • 25 May 2011 2:41 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    AXIS V: Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) Training this coming weekend, May 28, 2011.  There are still seats available.  Receive 6 hours toward Continuing Education.  Appropriate screening of the client's level of functional impairment is required by all Certified Counselors and Certified Advisers.  (WAC 246-810-0201 and WAC 246-810-021)

    CLICK HERE
    to register!


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