MAADAC   Region IV/VI  News

        Massachusetts Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors,Inc.

          36 Pleasant Hill Avenue                         Mattapan, Massachusetts 02126

                                                    March 7, 2001


April is Alcohol Awareness Month ~ We Welcome Kattie Portis

MAADAC joins MOAR in welcoming Kattie Portis  -City of Boston, Substance Abuse Policy Advisor to The Mayor,  Focus:  Joining the City of Boston to Expand Addiction Recovery Awareness, Wednesday, April 4th, 3:30 PM, Atrium II,  Faulkner Hospital.  CEU’s, coffee, cookies, discounted parking validation, A Faulkner gift!


National News:

  NAADAC Annual Conference----Portland, Oregon, May 23rd- 26th- Don’t miss it!

Features: CSAT’s Westley Clark, MD~ David Mee-Lee, MD~Stephanie Covington~

Terry Tafoya,  and electrifying opportunities.  Call NAADAC : !-800-548-0497.


  Fairness In Treatment Act Filed by Senators Wellstone, Daschle, Rep Ramstad!

Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) and Congressman Jim Ramstad, (R-MN) were joined today by Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and a bipartisan group of members in both chambers, to take important first steps to ending the outdated U.S. drug policies of the 1990's by introducing  legislation that would offer addiction treatment benefits in
the same manner as all other medical and surgical conditions currently
covered under private health plans. (Join Together Direct- March 25, 2001)


 President’s Budget Proposal Sets Aside $2.1B For Anti-Drug Efforts

President Bush proposes $2.1 billion total for substance-abuse treatment and prevention services and interdiction in his 2002 budget plan. (SA Funding News March, 2001)


 Child Protection/Alcohol & Drug Partnership Act
Four Republican U.S. senators are planning to reintroduce a bill that would provide five-year grants to states, counties and cities to would encourage municipalities to adopt all-inclusive programs for protecting children while  parents undergo addiction treatment.  Cosponsors:  Sens. Michael DeWine (R-Ohio), Christopher Dodd(D-Conn.), John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).  (JTO Direct-March 28, 2001)


 Measure would Repeal Financial-Aid Ban
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has introduced a bill that would repeal the 1998 Higher Education Act provision that prohibits students convicted of drug-related charges from receiving financial aid. ( SA Funding News- March 13, 2001)


Local News

    CORI Public Health Council  Rendezvous II –April 24th- Go!

The Public Health Council meeting is scheduled to deliberate the final CORI regulations on Tuesday, April 24th, DPH, 250 Washington St. Boston,  10:00 AM.  On  January 19th, over 160 oral and written testimony were given against the current projected CORI regulation!  The Executive Office of Health and Human Services makes  final decision. 


  License for Alcohol and Drug Counselors Hearing Process Begins Soon

The  regulation process calls for a Department of  Public Health Council Hearing review.   Pending outcome, two regional public hearings are scheduled.

 hLADC Classification and Requirements –  Capsule Interpretation

         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. 


FYI about The LADC,

 hThe LADC title may only be used by persons, who will have experienced the   

    Department of Public Health, authorized licensure process, and not a work requirement


MAADAC  Initiated:   H2191    An Act Authorizing Certain Licensed Alcohol and

                      Drug  Counselors  To Receive Certain Insurance Payments

                                                     See Fact Sheet

Please Help:  Ask your elected  rep or senator for H2191 support and it be forwarded to

Insurance  Committee Chairs, Sen. Therese Murray and Rep. Ronald Mariano.

Send letters to The State House, Boston, MA 02133. Call legislators, 617-722-2000.


          Other Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Advocacy  for You:

     S763/H2544  An Act to Provide Equitable Coverage for Substance Abuse, Alert!

Insurance Committee Hearing Scheduled, April 2, 11 Am-Room 254, State House Info: David Matteodo, MA Association of Behavioral Health Systems, 617-855-3520.

    H3364  A Treatment Diversion Act, expansion eligibility  for treatment diversion under the 1981 Drug Dependent Persons Act. Call: Rob Stewart, 617-330-8777.

    S611  A Health Protection Fund-  taxes alcohol, funds treatment- Rep Marian Walsh

    BSAS Line Item 4512-0200  enhancement by $2,000,000 for women’s treatment services. Effort developed by SA  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 Info: Call MA Law Reform Institute:   617-357-0700.


See you April 4&May 5 – Recovery Month Plans - Maryanne Frangules, 617-298-1262