Western Region

Welcome to the Western Region webpage. The American Counseling Association has four regions. The Western Region represents professional counselors who live and practice in the western part of the US, as well as the Philippines.

There are 13 states, plus the Philippines, in the Western Region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington State, and Wyoming. ACA members who reside in any of these jurisdictions and belong to the ACA automatically belong to the ACA-Western Region.

2013-2014 Leadership

Chair
Heather Tustison
heathertustison@gmail.com

Chair-Elect
Rosemarie Woodruff

woodruff@hawaii.edu

Past Chair
Diana Pals
dianapals@hotmail.com

Governing Council Representative
Rachel Kristianson
rkristianson@gmail.com

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Latest News

Improved Access to Mental Health Care!

by Amber McLaughlin | Nov 08, 2013
This morning, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced final rules for the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act at a mental health conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta with former first lady Rosalynn Carter.
Insurers will now be required to cover care for mental health and addiction just like physical illnesses. Learn more through the links below:

Press Release from the Dept. of Health & Human Services
(contains link to final rules and a fact sheet about final rules).

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/08/us/politics/rules-to-require-equal-coverage-for-mental-ills.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131108

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/08/health/hhs-mental-health/

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/08/21366585-us-to-require-insurers-to-cover-mental-health-addiction-same-as-physical-illness

Read ACA's 2012 interview with Secretary Sebelius here.

ACA will follow this story closely and keep you informed of updates and announcements.