NYS passed legislation providing specially trained Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psychoanalysts the privledge to diagnose clients. Prior to this legislation these mental health professionals were only permitted to provide a psychosocial assessment but not a clinical diagnosis. The inability to diagnose clients limited the scope of practice of these professionals when in fact many were well trained to provide diagnoses. It also placed them on a lower rung than other mental health professionals, including Clinical Psychiatric Social Workers, who have historically been providing disgnoses independent of requiring a Psychiatrist's oversight. In addition, the inability to diagnose limited these mental health professionals' reimbursement from insurance companies. It appears that the pandemic revealed the inordinate need for more mental health professionals to provide counseling/therapy services due to shortages caused by the trauma, anxiety and depression of this crisis. In order to diagnose, licensed professionals interested in performing this service will need to present additional coursework and therapeutic work experience to NYS to obtain a certficate enabling them to diagnose clients. The specific requirements for this privledge need further clarification.