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  • I am very upset that Licensed Professional Counselors, Clinical Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists are not included as providers. This article is a further escalation of ostracizing of credentialed professionals who are trained, competent, and effective in care and treatment. I find this article ill-informed and egregious against my profession. I believe this article is a means of the continual practice to restrict the practice of Licensed Professional Counselors, Clinical Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists. These professionals are currently employed by DoD and being mistreated by clinical psychologist and social workers who are subject matter experts for their own profession. There is no SME for these professionals. There is no evidenced based or empirical research to support the continual exclusion of these professional from military behavioral health. It appears that this a means of psychologists and social workers to marginalize care to service members and veterans, including retirees. Where was the term of non-clinical derived when these professional utilize the same diagnostic tools, i.e. DSM, ICD, and various psychological testing dependent upon training. The distribution of the information is one-sided and does not provide patients with the best options for improvement as it negates an entire group of clinically trained providers. I look forward to a response to my comment.

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