Mental health

Government
12:01 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Those Seeking Pastoral Counseling in Kentucky Can Now Bill Insurance Companies for Services

Third Baptist Church of Owensboro is where Joe Bob Pierce provides faith-based mental health counseling for clients.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:18 am

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.

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.

“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.”

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.

He says his clients are interested in receiving help from someone who will take into account the spiritual aspects of their lives,

“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.”

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.

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Society
7:04 am
Mon September 30, 2013

TN Company To Help Provide Housing For Mentally Ill

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.

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Government
12:39 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

KY Lawmaker Says Local Veterans Need More Mental Health Support

Representative John Tilley
Credit LRC Media Relations

  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.

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