Washington Update

ACA participates in school climate, bullying summits

Scott Barstow & Jessica Eagle October 1, 2012

In August, American Counseling Association staff participated in two national meetings, hosted by the Department of Education, that focused on school climate issues. The third annual Bullying Prevention Summit featured discussions about current research and initiatives to support bullying prevention in the upcoming year. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told participants that anti-bullying policy is not…continue reading

ACA leadership institute attendees head to Capitol Hill

Scott Barstow & Art Terrazas September 1, 2012

More than 130 counselors attending the American Counseling Association Institute for Leadership Training took a day out of their schedules on July 27 to lobby their senators and representatives on Capitol Hill. Direct constituent contact is the most effective way of reaching lawmakers, and the lobbying day has become a standard part of the annual…continue reading

Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act

Scott Barstow & Art Terrazas August 1, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 28 that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, save for a provision regarding Medicaid expansion. The American Counseling Association applauds the ruling because it will allow implementation of the legislation — the nation’s first attempt to establish a functioning health care system providing essentially all Americans with health insurance…continue reading

Department of Education staff hears from school counselors

Scott Barstow & Art Terrazas July 1, 2012

Although most education policy discussions center on teachers and principals, the staff working at the U.S. Department of Education is beginning to hear more about — and from — school counselors. The American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association (a division of ACA) have been in frequent discussions with colleagues at the Education Department…continue reading

Pressure increases on VA to improve mental health treatment

Scott Barstow & Art Terrazas June 1, 2012

The American Counseling Association has been fighting for years with frustratingly little success to get counselors hired as mental health clinicians within veterans hospitals, facilities and Vet Centers. It now appears that even the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA’s) own analysts are frustrated too. In a report released at the end of April, the Veterans…continue reading