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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs a bill clarifying that a Licensed Professional Counselor can practice without supervision and can supervise a limited licensed counselor once they have completed training in supervision as required by rules promulgated by LARA.

Updated October 30, 2019, 2:30 p.m.:

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed House Bill 4325. It ensures that Licensed professional counselors are still able to treat and diagnose patients. 

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The state House adopted a bill that’s supposed to settle a controversy over mental health services in Michigan. The bill would stop proposed changes in a state rule on what licensed professional counselors can do. The bill says counselors could diagnose conditions and help develop treatment plans. That would also allow them to be reimbursed by insurance companies for their work.

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Licensed Professional Counselors, their colleagues and advocates rallied Monday night in Detroit for a State House bill they hope will let them continue doing their jobs in Michigan.

The bill would codify in law that LPCs can diagnose and treat people with mental health conditions. A proposed state administrative rule change would tighten up rules that state officials say have allowed LPCs to do that outside of their scope of practice for more than 30 years.