Massachusetts Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors,Inc.
36 Pleasant Hill Avenue Mattapan, Massachusetts 02126
February 14, 2001
MAADAC Region IV- VI Celebrates Women in Recovery with Kattie Portis -City of Boston, Substance Abuse Policy Advisor to The Mayor March 7th- Please come to help plan April’s Alcohol Awareness Activity- 4:15 PM, Atrium II, Faulkner Hospital
7 PM, IBEW, Dorchester. MAADAC is pleased to co-sponsor. Info: 617-774-0331
CORI Public Health Council Rendezvous II –March 27th- Go!
The Public Health Council meeting is scheduled to deliberate the final CORI regulations on Tuesday, March 27th at 10:00 AM. On January 19th, over 160 oral and written testimony were given against the current projected CORI regulation! Good! Please spread your testimony to other EOHHS agencies –Office of Community Correction Services, Department of Social Services, Department of Transitional Services, and Division of Rehabilitation. Info: Call Massachusetts Law Reform Institute-617-357-0700.
The DPH License for Alcohol and Drug Counselor Implementation Committee reviewed the fifth draft. Next: the regulation process calls for a Department of Public Health Council Hearing review. Pending outcome, two regional public hearings are scheduled. This is an opportunity to influence the process—support the draft or suggest alternatives. (Note: Please call me with any concerns.) You may request a copy of the full draft from The DPH Bureau of Substance Services, Michael Parks at 617-624-5130. The following is an interpretation of the draft proposal.
hLADC Classification and Requirements – Capsule
LADC I –Masters Behavioral Science- 270 Hours of Alcohol and Drug Ed - 6000
(3 years DPH approved full time work experience), 300 practicum hours,
LADC II- 270 Hours of Alcohol and Drug Ed - 6000 hours
(3 years supervised full time work experience), 300 practicum hours,
LADM- (M=Manager), 20 Hours of approved continuing education, 16,000
hours (8 years supervised fulltime work experience)*, no practicum
hours, *Less work experience may be substituted with more education.
LADCA- (A=Assistant)10 Hours of approved continuing education, 2,000 hours
(1 year supervised fulltime work experience), no practicum hours
Note: All require exam.
hLADC Special Credentialing (Grandparenting) Criteria-Capsule
The Special Credentialing Process will waive only the exam criteria for one year, from
date of the LADC regulation. LADCI must have met the masters degree criteria or be
enrolled in a masters program. LADC II requires no degree. DPH approved alcohol
and drug counselor certification is one way of having met the other required criteria.
hH2184 filed to broaden the grandparenting criteria. The criteria: Level I Masters- 270 hours AOD ed, 2 years fulltime experience or Bachelors - 270 hours AOD ed, 3 years experience or CCS-CADAC-CAC-CAS-CEAP or all DPH approved Clinical, Program, Executive Directors or 5 years work experience with 1 year as a clinical supervisor. Level II- 3 years working experience and 180 hours of AOD education.
FYI about The LADC
hLicensure is not a requirement to work as an alcohol and drug counselor.
hThe LADC title may only be used by persons, who will have experienced the
Department of Public Health, authorized licensure process.
hMAADAC Initiated: H2191 An Act Authorizing Certain Licensed Alcohol and
Drug Counselors To Receive Certain Insurance Payments
Representatives: Kevin Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Malia, Martin Walsh, Vinny deMacedo,
Mary Jane Simmons, Robert Koczera, Louis Kafka, John Stefanini, Anne Paulsen, Kay Khan, Carol Donovan, Gloria Fox, Christine Canavan, Michael Cahill, William Galvin
Senators: James Jajuga, Brian Lees, Brian Joyce, Therese Murray, Charles Shannon
What This Bill Does:
This bill requires insurers to reimburse for the services of an Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Counselor I. Through insurance reimbursement, it will permit individuals and their
families who suffer from, or are affected by alcohol and other drug abuse or addiction
to choose the human services professional skilled to treat their substance abuse.
What You can Do:
You can ask your elected your elected representative or senator to ask their support for
H2191 to Insurance Committee Chairs, Senator Therese Murray and Representative Ronald Mariano. Letters should be sent to The State House, Boston, MA 02133.
Other Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Advocacy for You:
S763/H2544 An Act to Provide Equitable Coverage for Substance Abuse,
Info: David Matteodo, MA Association of Behavioral Health Systems, 617-855-3520.
H3364 A Treatment Diversion Act, expands categories of offenders eligible for treatment diversion under the 1981 Drug Dependent Persons Act. Call: Rob Stewart, 617-330-8777.
Bureau of Substance Abuse Services Line Item 4512-0200 enhancement by $200,000
for women with children, in transitional support, and in residential/recovery homes.Effort
developed by The Substance Abuse Budget Coalition. Call:MHSACM, 508-647-8385
Salary Increase for Counselors and Supervisors, Call: MHSACM, 508-647-8385
Removal of TANF and Food Stamp Disqualification for Persons with Drug Felony
Budget language provision that allows Massachusetts to opt out of the federal TANF and food stamp disqualification for anyone convicted of a drug-related felony. Info: Call MA Law reform Institute: 617-357-0700.
See you March 7th- Maryanne Frangules-MAADAC President- 617-298-1262