• 07/30/2023 11:05 AM | Nicole Kauk (Administrator)

  • 05/24/2023 7:40 PM | Nicole Kauk (Administrator)

    As a follow up to the recent news regarding Florida State Bill 1580, ACA has developed and compiled additional resources to support counselors who may be facing practice-related challenges to serving clients who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. These include:

    We continue to monitor the more than 1,000 pieces of LGBTQ+ related legislation introduced or pending in 2023 state legislative sessions. A synopsis of those bills is below:

    • Positive - 200+ bills
    • Negative - 520+ bills (in 41 states)
    • Watching - 200+ bills
    • 220+ are specifically anti-transgender, including:
      • 125+ gender-affirming care bans
      • 45+ sports bans
      • 30+ “bathroom” bills
    • 100+ curriculum censorship bills
    • 35+ religious refusals
    • 45+ anti-drag performance bills
    • Harmful anti-LGBTQ+ bills passed = 48
    • Harmful anti-LGBTQ+ bills at or approaching the governor’s desk = 22
    • Pro-LGBTQ+ bills passed = 8
    • More than 140 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have passed the first chamber of the legislature.

    For more information or if you would like to become involved in ACA’s advocacy efforts, please contact the Government Affairs and Public Policy team at

  • 09/27/2022 7:38 PM | Nicole Kauk (Administrator)


    Dear Colleagues, 


    Last week, the Biden Administration awarded $1.6 billion in funding to address the nation’s worsening addiction and overdose crisis. The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will issue funding for prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support to four federal programs.


    SAMSHA’s State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program will allot formula funding to states to increase access to treatment medications for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). SOR will grant $1,439,500,000 to 58 states/territories for prevention and recovery support services. You can find a list of awardees here.


    Funding will be awarded to SAMSHA’s Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant programs to increase access to treatment and recovery support services in Tribal communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), data shows the deaths by overdose in American Indians and Alaska Natives rose to 75% above the national average. TOR will grant $54,976,150 to 102 Tribal entities to address these concerns. You can find a list of TOR awardees here.


    Technical Assistance programs for SOR and TOR will receive $16.6 million in funding for education and training to states that provide free educational resources to communities and individuals. SOR/TOR Technical Assistance programs ensure the provision of evidence-based prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support programs/services across the SOR/TOR programs.


    Lastly, HRSA’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program will grant $104 million to expand treatment and prevention services in rural areas for substance use disorders (SUD) and OUD. The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program is a multi-year initiative aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality in communities with decreased access to resources.


    In 2021, according to the CDC, more than 107,000 people died by overdose. The Biden Administration plans to tackle this growing crisis and these funds will focus on providing evidence-based support and person-centered care.


    For any questions, or if you would like to get involved in ACA’s advocacy efforts, please contact the ACA Government Affairs and Public Policy team at


    American Counseling Association

    PO Box 31110

    Alexandria, VA 22310-9110

    (p) 800-298-2276 | (f) 800-473-2329


  • 09/26/2022 12:44 PM | Nicole Kauk (Administrator)

    Since the expansion began:

    The number of Nebraskans without health insurance has dropped 14.5%.

    Nebraska hospitals saw a $20 million reduction in the amount of charity or unpaid care they had to write off.

    Bankruptcy filings in the state fell by 23.5%.

  • 05/04/2022 12:59 PM | Nicole Kauk (Administrator)

    We have reached out to clarify whether Healthy Blue will transition to using POS 10 in the future or not. -Nicole Kauk

  • 03/24/2022 1:58 PM | Nicole Kauk (Administrator)

    Executive orders 21-12 and 21-15 have both been extended until September 30th, 2022, see text here: Executive Order 22-02

    Text of Executive Order 21-12

    Text of Executive Order 21-15

    To request a provisional license under EO 21-12

  • 09/04/2021 6:51 PM | Matthew Mims

    A few people have wanted to register for the conference without using a paypal account to pay online.  Basically, you just need to go through the registration process and then select "INVOICE ME."   You will then be able to pay by check or money order and mail to the address for the association.

  • 02/23/2021 2:56 PM | Matthew Mims

    Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.    But we know that it is more than this dictionary definition.  Attend our Spring Conference and enrich your skills and knowledge.

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