Medicare Mental Health Workforce Coalition:

Use these resources to understand Medicare enrollment and what it means for us to be included in mental health care under Medicare after the Mental Health Access Improvement Act was passed and made law.

Medicare 101: An Introduction to the Medicare Program and Coverage of Counselors and MFTs

Medicare 401: Assessing the Essential Features of the 2024 Physician Fee Schedule and the Implications for LMHCs and LMFTs

Medicare 501: New Engagement Opportunities for Community Behavioral Health Centers with Counselors and MFTs under Medicare

Medicare 601: Enrollment Process for Medicare (MFT and Counselors)

Licensure Information for Iowa Mental Health Professionals

The Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals and Licensure has the Iowa Board of Behavioral Sciences that governs our license and protects the public. The board of Behavioral Science oversee the practice, licensure, and continuing education requirements for all licensed mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists. See Iowa Administrative code 645 Chapters 31, 32, and 33 for license requirements. Linked below.

See our 2022 IMHCA Talks with Tony Alden, staff member with the state licensing board.

Website: Board of Behavioral Science | Department of Inspections, Appeals, & Licensing ( This website was launched in November 2023 and is currently under construction as of 12/5/2023. 

Address: 6200 Park Avenue
                 Des MoinesIA 50321


Click the Link Below to view a power point from the Iowa Board of Behavioral Sciences regarding the process of obtaining a temporary license. tMHC Licensure Process

Schedule of Iowa Board of Behavioral Science Meetings: DIAL Public Meetings ( Meetings are supposed to be held on the second Thursday of the month at 9am, but the most recent meeting was held on 12/4/2023 at 9am virtually. See IMHAC’s notes under newsletters for all meetings attended by IMHCA.

Licensure Rules in Iowa:



Continuing Education Credits

Are you looking for Continuing Education Credits? The primary way IMHCA helps our members with this is to provide our annual conference. In addition, we allow other organizations to provide information about Continuing Education opportunities on our website. (Link to come) 


(1) Facebook: IMHCA Talks with Rachel Swanson

(2) Facebook: IMHCA Talks with Kayla Bell-Consolver (PART 1)

(3) Facebook: IMHCA Talks with Kayla Bell-Consolver (PART 2)

(4) IMHCA Talks with Amanda Hardy:

IMHCA speaks with Amanda Hardy, who is an expert in perinatal mental health. Amanda is a practicing Licensed Mental Health Counselor and she is a faculty member at Iowa State University. She is the author of the book “Dear Mama, You Matter: Honest Talk About the Transition to Motherhood”. To learn more, visit her website at Check out this important discussion on mental health during pregnancy, post-partum, and the transition to parenthood.


(7) IMHCA Talks with Shannon Myers – YouTube

You are invited to the first in a series of Facebook Live interviews from the Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association! Each month we will talk with leading counselors from Iowa and abroad. This month, we welcome Shannon Myers. Shannon is a Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and a MAPS Approved Psychedelic Integration Provider. She specializes in trauma, operating from a polyvagal framework, as well as an integrative approach to trauma. In her practice, she works with a network of providers to assess physical health, diet, lifestyle factors, and genetics to cultivate a holistic approach to mental health. Shannon will also speak to psychedelic integration therapy, its growing relevance in counseling, and its present and future states.


(8) IMHCA Talks with Fredrick Dombrowski – YouTube

The Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association is excited to welcome Dr. Fredrick Dombrowski as a guest on our Facebook Live series “IMHCA Talks”. Fredrick Dombrowski is the Department Chair of General Education and Social Sciences at the University of Bridgeport, and the President Elect of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. Dr. Dombrowski is a strong public advocate for meeting the mental health needs of LGBTQIA+ populations. He is an expert and nationally recognized speaker in the areas of transgender clinical mental health, as well as addictions and co-occurring disorders, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Telehealth. He is also a regular contributor to “The Advocate” magazine.

(10) IMHCA Talks with Vilia Tarvydas, PhD, CRC and Michael Gerald, PhD, LMHC, CRC “The Current Legislative Climate and Ethical Practice.”

Join experts in ethics, Dr. Villa Tarvydas and Dr. Michael Gerald discuss how practitioners can ethically review their work with clients and advocate through the political climate. Please listen to our first IMHCA Talks podcast -we hope to bring you many more in the future.