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related to the eight domains of clinical evaluation, treatment planning, referral, service
coordination, counseling, client, family and community education, documentation, and
professional and ethical responsibility as pertain to substance use disorder functions.
ADAD may take up to 180 educational hours from transcripts relevant to the field of substance
use disorder and up to an additional 45 total with co-occurring disorder.
Education accomplished through workshops approved by ADAD for continuing education or
through ADAD-approved distance learning must be documented by submitting a copy of the
certificate of completion to include hours. Distance learning is limited to 50% (135 hours) of the
total education required unless authorized by the division.
A minimum of six (6) hours of education is required three areas:
1. Substance Use Disorder Ethics,
2. Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations, part 2 and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and
3. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
CURRENT JOB DESCRIPTION
All applicants must include their current job description with their application. This document is
provided by your employer and must be signed and dated by you and your supervisor. Job
descriptions are reviewed as a part of experience verification. If your supervisor does not have
your job description, you should contact your organization’s Human Resource department.
LEGAL/ CIVIL CONVICTIONS AND DISCIPLNARY ACTIONS
A background check is done on all applicants. If there are any legal/civil convictions, disciplinary
actions from other certification/licensing entities, documentation is required at the time of the
application. An application may be refused due to a conviction for a crime when the crime
directly relates to the applicant’s possible performance as a substance abuse counselor.
EXPERIENCE AND SUPERVISON
Qualifying experience is defined as providing primary, direct, and/or clinical, substance use
disorder counseling to persons whose primary diagnosis is that of substance use disorder.
Applicant must have primary responsibility of providing substance use disorder counseling in an
individual and/or group setting, preparing treatment plans, documenting client progress and
clinical supervise clients. Examples of positions that typically are not approved include: case
managers, technicians, peer and recovery counselors, etc.
The applicant must be currently employed in the qualifying position at the time of application.
Only employment within the last seven (7) years may be counted towards the total experience