December 29, 2011

Virginia Board of Counseling
Perimeter Center 
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 
Henrico Virginia 23233-1463

Dear Board Members:


TRICARE recently amended its standards to allow for independent practice of Certified Mental Health Counselors (“CMHC’s”).  In addition to other criteria, one must demonstrate that they have taken the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE).  Virginia has used different exams over the years, and Virginia LPCs will need to know if they took this exam or another.

VACC, the state branch of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, would ask you to put this information on your website, and also respond to this letter with the information.  We will disseminate the information to our members through e-mail and on our website (, thus saving your staff some of the trouble of answering individual calls and e-mails.



Michael E. Nahl, LPC

Communications Committee Chair



P.O. Box 7066 Virginia Beach, VA 23457