Dawn Rowe, 2015 KCA President, with Micca Ratliff, 2018 KCA President.

Micca Ratliff, Director of Compliance for Medication-Assisted Treatment at Ohio Valley Physicians (OVP), has officially assumed the role of President of the Kentucky Counseling Association (KCA). Ratliff was presented with the gavel at the association’s annual Institute for Leadership training on Saturday, August 4.

A substance abuse counselor since 2008, Ratliff replaces Michelle Sircy as president of KCA and becomes the second OVP counselor to become KCA president in the past four years. Dawn Rowe, a substance abuse counselor at Eastern Kentucky Primary Care Specialists in Prestonsburg, a division of Ohio Valley Physicians, served as president of the association in 2015.

The Kentucky Counseling association is a state branch of the American Counseling Association, a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Both the state and national associations work to promote the professional development of counselors, advocate for the profession, and ensure ethical, culturally-inclusive practices that protect those using counseling services.

“I am very honored that my peers have trusted me with this wonderful opportunity,” said Ratliff. “In my new role, I will commit myself to listening to my counseling colleagues across the state, assessing and validating their needs, and doing what I can to address those needs.”

Ohio Valley Physicians, headquartered in Huntington, WV, provides physician staffing services for local hospitals; operates primary and urgent care facilities; and offers medication-assisted treatment and counseling services in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and South Carolina.