Mental health http://wkms.org en Those Seeking Pastoral Counseling in Kentucky Can Now Bill Insurance Companies for Services http://wkms.org/post/those-seeking-pastoral-counseling-kentucky-can-now-bill-insurance-companies-services <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Third Baptist Church of Owensboro is where Joe Bob Pierce provides faith-based mental health counseling for clients. " data-attribution="Credit Third Baptist of Owensboro" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wkyu/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/ThirdBaptistOwensboro.jpg" alt="" /><p>A new law that went into effect this week in Kentucky is changing the way the state views faith-based mental health counselors. Kentucky is now licensing such counselors, which means their services will be covered by insurance policies.<p>One of the faith-based counselors impacted by the new law is Joe Bob Pierce, who works with Cornerstone Counseling in Owensboro. He says the change in state law could encourage potential clients who might have been put off by having to foot the entire bill.<p>“Clients that otherwise might have to pay out-of-pocket to see a pastoral counselor now will be provided a bit of subsidy, or help, or in some cases their entire fee for counseling will be handled by the insurance company.”<p>Pierce’s counseling service is located inside Third Baptist Church in Owensboro. He says while many of his clients are deeply rooted in traditional Baptist beliefs, he has also counseled individuals who don’t claim any religious affiliation.<p>He says his clients are interested in receiving help from someone who will take into account the spiritual aspects of their lives,<p>“It may not necessarily be a dimension that is religious in terms of being attached to a particular faith. But I think it’s very much a part of our make-up as people.”<p>To be licensed by the state, pastoral counselors must have a master’s degree in the field and meet the same qualifications as other licensed counselors. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:01:12 +0000 Kevin Willis 42162 at http://wkms.org Those Seeking Pastoral Counseling in Kentucky Can Now Bill Insurance Companies for Services TN Company To Help Provide Housing For Mentally Ill http://wkms.org/post/tn-company-help-provide-housing-mentally-ill <p></p><p>The UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee is giving $1 million in grants to increase housing for Tennesseans with mental illness. Officials say the funding will help support development of appropriate housing for people who need a place to live after being discharged from a mental health facility. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:04:05 +0000 The Associated Press 35302 at http://wkms.org TN Company To Help Provide Housing For Mentally Ill KY Lawmaker Says Local Veterans Need More Mental Health Support http://wkms.org/post/ky-lawmaker-says-local-veterans-need-more-mental-health-support <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A Kentucky legislator who lives near Fort Campbell says some soldiers returning from the War on Terror are experiencing mental health problems and are not asking for help. State Representative John Tilley says most believe doing so would end their military careers.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:39:26 +0000 Dan Conti (KPR) & Drew Adams 32474 at http://wkms.org KY Lawmaker Says Local Veterans Need More Mental Health Support