Hochul’s Last Minute Ruling Reduces Mental Health Providers Availability

 Licensed Creative Arts Therapists representing 14% of all licensed mental health practitioners included on this bill
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NEW YORK, NY - Amidst an ongoing and worsening mental health crisis in New York State, Governor Hochul has taken action that will deeply impact the availability of affordable mental health services for constituents across the state.

Bill A1171A passed the State Legislature in 2022 with widespread support. The bill “requires blanket health insurance policies to provide coverage for outpatient treatment by mental health practitioners”.

Mental health practitioners in New York State encompass 4 types of licensed mental health practitioners, all licensed under Article 163 of the Education law to provide psychotherapy services. These professions are: Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCAT), Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists (LMFT) & Licensed Psychoanalysts (LP). The requirements for education, supervised post-graduate practice & continuing education are consistent across the board.

Despite Licensed Creative Arts Therapists representing 14% of all licensed mental health practitioners included on this bill, they were eliminated from the bill by the Governor at the very last moment.

The expansion of coverage for LCATs to all blanket insurance plans is critical for New Yorkers who are now at risk of losing their mental health provider when they change jobs or get new insurance. Psychotherapy sessions provided by LCATs are currently covered by several large insurance companies, including Cigna, United Health Care (UHC), and Aetna. In addition, LCATs are covered by Healthfirst NY – an Affordable Care Act plan. (One of the governor’s arguments for the removal of LCATs was fear of an increased cost to the state, which is inaccurate).

Licensed Creative Arts Therapists are Masters-level licensed mental health practitioners who are “trained in psychotherapy and in specific arts disciplines, which may include dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, poetry therapy and art therapy. They have training in areas that include clinical practice and human development as well as the use of the creative arts to provide appropriate [psychotherapy] services” (from NYS Office of Professions website).

Creative arts therapies are particularly effective for trauma treatment and for use with people struggling to benefit from talk therapy interventions – including children, teenagers, and those with severe psychiatric needs.

This last-minute decision will have a significant and highly detrimental impact on the availability of affordable mental health services across New York State.

Source: NY Art Therapy Association:https://www.nyarttherapy.org/

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