Dear Substance Abuse Professional,
I hope you all are doing well and have exciting plans for Memorial Day!
Below are some important items of interest to our substance abuse professionals. Please take a moment to read and share the contents of this edition of the Board Buzz!
Up For Renewal?
Please be advised that renewals for some licenses and certifications are due 7/1/2012.
Since March 2010, the renewal applications are available exclusively online.
The education requirements to renew are:
CSAC/CSAPC/CCJP: 60 hours of CEU (half of which must be SA specific), also consisting of 3 hours Ethics, 3 Hours HIV/AIDS, and 3 hours of any of the following: (i) Nicotine Dependence; (ii) Psychopathology; (iii) Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches; (iv) Substance Abuse Issues In Older Adults; (v) Substance Abuse Issues Affecting Veterans
LCAS: 40 hours of CEU (30 of which must be SA specific), also consisting of 3 hours Ethics and 6 Hours HIV/AIDS
CCS: 15 hours of CEU
CSARFD: 10 hours of CEU
IMPORTANT: Only 50% of your total CEU’s may be earned online.
IMPORTANT #2: Please be sure to include your signed Ethical Code of Conduct and (if applicable) the Practice Supervision Form.
Changes On The Way for Provisional? Maybe.
This week, The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services met and approved the statutory change to our Practice Act that will amend the word “Provisional” to “Associate”.
Earlier in the year, the Board voted to join other North Carolina mental health professionals (LPC’s, LCSW’s, etc.) in a joint effort to change this terminology at the insistence of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as they would no longer recognize provisionally-licensed professionals for reimbursement.
The Department of HHS presented this change to The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee as a joint effort from the Department and the professions affected.
What happens next?
While the change has been approved by the Committee, its path to full legislative approval is unclear. The Board office will notify you when and if the final changes are approved.
What about my “Provisional” status?
Please continue to use the “Provisional” designation until otherwise notified.
NCSAPPB Scholarship Requests Now Accepted
Board Scholarship Available to APNC Fall Conference
The application period began on May 1st to make application for the Board’s scholarship to this year’s APNC Fall Conference.
In order to qualify for consideration, one must be a fully-credentialed NCSAPPB counselor. All letters of request for scholarship consideration should include a statement of financial need and counselor contact information. Please submit this request to the Board office via mail or email.
The application deadline for this scholarship is Thursday, May 31st.
North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board