The Coalition of Concerned Counselors (CCC) started out as a group of mental health counselors concerned about the exclusion of mental health counselors from the list of eligible providers in TRICARE and the Veteran’s Administration who did not graduate from CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) graduate programs. What was particularly concerning was that this exclusion came at a time when our active duty military and veterans needed increased access to mental health counselors, due to the epidemic of suicide and trauma related disorders that they face.
We observe that in this time of increasing mental health concerns in both the military and the wider society, the very real chance of an artificial shortage of mental counselors exists if CACREP restrictions narrow unnecessarily who can offer services. CACREP only accredits a minority of counseling graduate programs across the United State. While exact figures are controversial, our best guess is that only the minority of programs that produce mental health counselors are CACREP accredited and only a minority, perhaps in the neighborhood of 30%, of currently practicing mental health counselors graduated from CACREP programs.
CCC was launched by and is currently a project of Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland.
Today CCC is poised to grow nationwide as counseling associations, patient rights organizations, veterans organizations, and governmental panels start to take a hard look at the consequences of CACREP restrictions.