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LATEST UPDATE FROM AVRASA.ORG…Fall 2012
|LICENSURE EFFORTS – 2012/2013|
|*** NYS Licensure for Rehabilitation Counselors Passes in the Senate, Delayed in the Assembly ***|
LICENSURE BILL UPDATE (8/22/12): The licenure bill did pass in the Senate but was not voted on in the Assembly. The session has ended making further action impossible at this time.
Although a Rule 99 was involved calling the question. Assemblyperson Glick requested that the Assembly Higher Education Committee delay the bill instead of voting it up or down. Assemblyperson Micah Z. Kellner, the bill sponsor, and Sam Roberst contacted Glick to ask for support for the bill but to no avail.
During the next session, the Assembly Higher Education Committee members need to be encouaged to vote positive on the bill but NOT to delay it.
BULLETIN: Rehabilitation Counselor Licensure in NY
There is an active bill in Albany in both the assembly and senate that seeks to create licensure for Rehabilitation Counselors in New York. There is a lot of activity and interest in supporting the bill thus including rehabilitation counselors on the list of 48 other professionals credential through the NY State Office of the Professions.
Rehabilitation Counselors are the ONLY professional counselors educated and trained specifically to serve the needs of individuals with disabilities. Licensure of Rehabilitation Counselors would ensure that people with disabilities and their families are PROTECTED from the problems that result from the fact that, without licensure, any untrained individual may use the title of “rehabilitation counselor”.
Therefore, Rehabilitation counselor licensure is important to protect people with disabilities!!!
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) emphasizes the importance of providing individuals with disabilities with accessible and appropriate rehabilitation services. Several key sections of the ADA relate to improving opportunities for productive employment for people with disabilities. These opportunities should NEVER be compromised or lost through the use of rehabilitation personnel with inadequate or inappropriate qualifications and/or experience.
AVRASA in conjunction with NYRCA (www.nyrca.org) and NRA (www.nymetronra.org) advocates for and supports licensure of rehabilitation counselors so we may continue to educate, recruit and retain qualified rehabilitation counselors in New York State.
The purpose of the rehabilitation counselor licensure bill is to protect people with disabilities-This is Advocacy in Action!!! The current bill numbers – A967B (2012) for Assembly and S6092A (2012) for Senate are amended and recommitted to the higher education committee.
To view this and other bills go to the following web pages and insert bill info:
For the NY Senate use: http://www.nysenate.gov/
For the NY Assembly use: http://assembly.state.ny.us/
You can also go to the New York State Legislature http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menuf.cgi
DATE OF BELOW ACTION: SPRING 2012
1) LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGNS conducted by counselors.
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NYS Licensure Committee Chair in Memoriam:
Patricia Livingston, PhD (1924-2012), NYU Professor Emeritus
Gerry From, PhD, Legislative Co-Chair, NYS Rehab Counseling Association, at [email protected]
SENATE MEMBER(S) OPPOSING OUR BILL…
Licensure Action Contacts:
Michele Buoninfante, MA CRC, President AVRASA, AVRASA.org Board
- Email: [email protected]
Eleanor H. Abel, RPA, MS, CRC, Member-NRCA, NYRCA.org Board
- Email: [email protected]
Groups Working on CRC Licensure in NYS by Region:
Central New York Empire: Upstate NY, Westchester/Rockland County NRA:
New York Metropolitan Chapter, Inc. aka NY NRA Metro Chapter (NYC):
Advocates for the Vocational Rehabilitation of Alcoholics and Substance Abusers (AVRASA):
Universities Participating in CRC Licensure for NYS:
New York University: Paula Lee, CRC, Associate Director
- NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development, Email: [email protected]
Hunter College: Arnold Wolf, PhD, CRC
- Counseling Professor, Email: [email protected]
Hofstra University: Andrea Perkins Nerlich, Ph.D., CRC, CVE
- Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling, Email: [email protected]
STUDENTS CONTACT US!
Professional Associations Advocating for NYS CRC Licensure
Contact the New York State Chapter: http://www.nyrca.org/
Contact the New York City Chapter: http://www.nymetronra.org/
DIVISION OF http://www.counseling.org/
Contact the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association division of ACA: http://www.arcaweb.org/
Contact the NY Chapter: http://www.rehabpro.org/chapters/new-york
EXCELLENT CRC LICENSURE INFO:
Government Employed CRC’s (Federal, State, City) Interested in CRC Licensure by Department: ACCES-VR, VA, DOL, DOE, ED,
NYS Government Board Overseeing Licensure
NYS Education Department
State Board for Mental Health Practitioners
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000
Phone: 518-474-3817 x450
Email: [email protected]
New York State Licensure Requirements for Counselors:
CRC Exemption Deadlines Looming…
Budget legislation passed in 2010, extended the exemption of CRCs from the statute requiring that only licensed staff can work in New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) certified programs. As a result, thousands of individuals in OASAS certified programs continue to benefit from the qualified services of CRCs as they make career and employment decisions to help maintain sobriety. CRCC supported preserving the exemption and continues to work with the Association of Vocational Rehabilitation in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (AVRASA) to get a permanent exemption as well as in the broader effort of advocating for recognition of the CRCE in general counseling licensure.
Federal Licensure Requirements for Counselors:
CRC Exemption Deadlines Looming…
Veterans Affairs 2010
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued qualification standards formally recognizing certain licensed professional counselors as mental health specialists within the Veterans Health Administration. The standards are now here or go to: http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=507&FType=2.
Presently, the regulations require licensed professional counselors to have a master’s degree in mental health counseling or a related field from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). According to the release, more…
NEW YORK, IS ONE OF 6 STATES, IN THE NATION WITHOUT A LICENSURE OPTION FOR CRC’s TO PRACTICE WITHIN THEIR OWN PROFESSION.*
*If you see any errors in the above table, please email: [email protected]
LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGNS conducted by consumers we serve, friends and family:
Click on the map below to find NYS zip codes by town/county/region.
This is helpful if you have consumers residing in the district assigned to our targeted assembly persons (specifically those on the NYS education Committee voting on CRC Licensure) and to our senators in Albany supporting our licensure bills.