Dear RIMHCA Members,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to extend our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a New Year of health and happiness. As I write this (very) short note, I am looking around at the work I have yet to do in order to prepare my house for a family celebration. Simultaneously, I am thinking of all the ways I can avoid the less-preferred activities e.g., cleaning and substitute a preferred activity e.g., baking. It seems to me that guests are more likely to appreciate and remember a tray of homemade Italian cookies than whether the dust has been banished from my bookshelves.
With so many things to do, it is easy to let stress work its way into the minutes of my day. At these times, I try really hard to remember the strategies for stress management that I have taught others and apply them to myself. Having worked with adults and children with intellectual impairments for many years, I am reminded of the value of learning to ask for help. It is a skill with which I, personally, struggle but provides benefits that far outweigh its simplicity.
I will be practicing that skill as the New Year begins when I ask for assistance from RIMHCA members and all mental health counselors as we work to ensure that the valuable services that we provide are available to all who need them.
The topics to be developed are:
- Medicare: Is there a reason for “cautious optimism” Licensed Mental Health Counselors will be eligible as providers?
- Affordable Care Act: Will the State be prepared to address the increase in numbers of people eligible to receive services?
- Tricare: What role can LMHCs have in the VA?
- Medicaid: What steps should be taken on the State level to help regulate availability and rates?
Clearly there is much to be done but I think the first task is to enjoy the many gifts of the season.
Wishing you peace, hope, health, and happiness.