MAADAC  News

Massachusetts Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

        PO Box  741                                                                        Ware, MA 01082

                                                                    

                                             September, 2001                   

 

MAADAC Announcements:

hLADC Regulation Draft  Scheduled for Public Hearings 9/24 and 9/28

hMAADAC Website: http://www.maadac-ma.org

hMAADAC  Golf Fundraiser, July 23rd.  Shaun Kelly in Charge- was Great

hRecovery Month 2001-MOAR State House Celebration- September 26- Please go!

iBoston MAADAC meeting – 2002 elections- 10/3/01, 4:30 PM, Atrium 2, Faulkner

 

LADC Regulation Draft Scheduled for Public Hearings

Licensure for Alcohol and Drug Counselor Hearings are scheduled:

 hLADC Regulation Draft  Scheduled for Public Hearings,

     Monday,  September 24, 9 am, DPH Council Room, 250 Washington St., Boston

     Tuesday,  September 28,1 pm, Regional DPH  Office, 23 Service Center,Northampton

 iOral testimonies with your views may be presented.

     Written testimonies ( copy of oral or in lieu of) should be submitted  by 10/05/01 to

         Carol Castro-Donlan, DPH – BSAS, 250 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108

 iYou may receive a copy of the drafted regulation by calling

         LouAnn Stanton, Office of  DPH General Counsel, 617-624-5220       

 iHearing outcome will influence when regulations are put into effect.

 

 Some Points For You to Consider:

  iWhy is Licensure for Alcohol and Drug Counselors Important?

     Licensure is government recognition of the professional standards of education and practice for Alcohol and Drug Counselor. No other licensed human service professional credential requires such alcohol and other drug counseling standards.  It offers the path to an “on par” relationship with other licensed human service professionals. The license is under the auspices of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, which should allow for an improved capacity to work with the Bureau to reduce the incidence and prevalence of alcohol and other drug abuse/dependency while enhancing treatment effectiveness.

iWhat are the Licensure Requirements?

 following is an interpretation of the draft proposal.

 hLADC Classification and Requirements – Capsule

         LADC I –Masters Behavioral Science- 270   Alcohol and Drug Ed Hours - 6000

           (3 years) DPH approved full time work experience, 300 practicum hours, 

         LADC II- 270 Hours of Alcohol and Drug Ed - 6000 Alcohol and Drug Ed 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.

 

 

     Point:The first two classifications were written into the law, as passed.  The law

                 allows for placing other levels, as deemed necessary. The Department of

                 Public Health agreed to the latter two classifications for the proposal, which

                 can be ruled out or in, by The DPH Council members, pending  review.

 

What is The Grandparenting Criteria?

The regulations refer to what might be called The Grandparenting Criteria, as

Special Credentialing, an exam waiver for one year, from the date of regulation

approval. LADCI must have met the masters degree criteria or be enrolled in a masters program.  LADCII requires no degree.  DPH approved alcohol and drug counselor

certification is just one way of having met the other required criteria.

 

Why doesn’t The Special Credentialing Equate

 Clinical Experience for a Master’s Degree?

The legislation was passed with an error, that resulted in calling for both academic and competency requirements versus academic or competency requirements.

 

What You May want to Know?

hH2184  was 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. 

Questions: Recovery Homes Collaborative President, John Brennan, 617-321-2600

 

 

FYI about The LADC

 hLicensure is not a requirement to work as an alcohol and drug counselor.

   This allows for people to make entry into the field, and explore future choices.

   

 

Third Party Payment for LADCI’s Legislative Proposal Status

H2191   An Act Authorizing Certain Licensed Alcohol and Drug  Counselors  To 

             Receive Certain Insurance Payments, Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald  and others

 

Present Status

H2191 placed in “active study” by The Joint Insurance Committee. This means that the Insurance Committee will continue to review the proposed legislation. 

Two issues for extended study consideration: insurance premium costs and

finalized regulation. The committee wants to ascertain that mental health parity costs are minimal to insurance premiums before any other insurance related legislation is passed.

The committee wants to review the finalized license regulation.

 

                                                       

Please Help:  Keep the momentum going If  your elected rep or senator helped

support H2191~ please thank them, and ask for continued support. Please thank

Representative Fitzgerald for leading the effort. Please thank Insurance Committee

Chairs, Sen. Therese Murray and Rep Ronald Mariano for being willing to extend the

review.  Send your letters to The State House, Boston, MA 02133.  Call the State House:

617-722-2000 to be connected to your legislators.

 

Support The Following to Pass in Budget Conference Committee

The Conference Committee resolves the differences between the House and Senate

versions of  the Budget. House Conferees are Ways and Means Chairman John Rogers of Norwood, Representative Nancy Flavin of Easthampton, and Representative John Lepper of Attleboro.  Senate Conferees are Ways and Means Chairman Mark Montigny of New Bedford, Senator Fred Berry of Peabody, and Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield. If   aforementioned are your district legislators- great.  If not, you can still contact them and your elected legislators.

                                So Please ask for The Following to be Passed

        The MA Senate Passed Substance Abuse Services Line Item Increase  

Bureau of Substance Abuse Services Line item 4512-0200- by $3 million for 3 family treatment residences with childcare, plus expand transitional support and residential services., as passed in the Senate.   Project ABLE, Mental Health Substance Abuse Corp (MHSACM),Recovery Homes Collaborative, MA Housing and Shelter Alliance are leading this move.  More Information?  Please call:  MHSACM, 508-647-8385.

        The CORI Regulations as Outside Budget Senate Amendment to

Executive Office of Health and Human Services Line Item 4000-0100  towards giving the employer the hiring capacity. Please thank Senator James Jajuga for leading this move. The requirement is proof of a CORI review with oversight from the appropriate agency within EOHHS, Executive  Office of Health and Human Services. Current policy disallows many persons who have made restitution from most felony crimes to enter the human service field, as in alcohol and drug counseling.

Info:  MA Law Reform Institute:617-357-0700.

       Removal of  Food Stamp Disqualification for Persons with Drug Felony Senate

Version  to  Line items 4401-1000 (ESP)  and Dept of Transitional Assistance 4400-1000 

The Senate FY02 budget includes language in ESP line item 4401-1000 making many   important improvements to the TAFDC program for non-exempt low income families,   

-           mandating DTA to offer screenings, assessments and referrals to TAFDC   

-           prohibiting DTA from  reducing funding for substantive pre-employment education and training programs & DTA must notify recipients of educational programs

-           requiring DTA to consider if a parent needs more time to complete training, thus       grant an extension of the 24 month time limit on benefits.

In addition, allowing ten hours of education and training to count toward the welfare to work requirement. Info: Call MA Law Reform Institute: 617-357-0700.

 

More Legislation to Support

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

was placed into active study by The  Insurance Committee.   

Info: David Matteodo, MA Association of Behavioral Health Systems, 617-855-3520.

      H3948, Expansion of Scope of Commonwealth’s Drug Treatment Program funded by

 fines and forfeitures relative to Drug Offenses, (Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald).  Expands drug treatment diversion under the 1981 Drug Dependent Persons Act.  It received an extension from The Judiciary Committee.   Chairs are Representative David Donnelly and Senator Robert Creedon. Please call:  Rob Stewart, 617-330-8777.

       S611, A Health Protection Fund- (Senator Marian Walsh) taxes alcohol, funds treatment. Taxation Committee moved it into active study. Senator Walsh is Chair.

 

National Legislative Proposals

 hVery Simple- Support National Parity for Addiction Treatment-

     Go to WWW.NAADAC.Org- Make your voice heard to Congress on line!

 hAdvocacy Needed for  Addiction Recovery Services Funding!

     Call, your Congressmen.  The U.S. Capitol Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.

 

What You Need to Say:

                     Please support funding increases for alcohol and drug treatment, prevention, education and research.  These services save lives and money by reducing crime, welfare, health and social costs.- improve quality of life.

 

What You Need to Know:

 

Program

Field Request for FY 2002

Substance Abuse Block Grant

$2 billion

 

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

(CSAT)

$350 million

 

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

(CSAP)

$350 million

(Including $10 million for the High Risk Youth Program)

Safe and Drug Free Schools

$694 million

 

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

$420 million

 

National Institute on Drug Abuse

(NIDA)

$991 million

Drug Free Communities Act

$50.6 million

 

          Questions?  Call Jenny Collier at the Legal Action Center, (202) 544-5478. 

                       

 

 

            MAADAC Information:  Call President Russell Viveiros,  978-458-4

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAADAC Golf  Fundraiser – July 16th

A Fun Raiser – Thanks to Shaun Kelly, Chair

 

 

MAADAC  Golf  Winners

 

The Winners
Shaun Kelly, Bill Weir, Lloyd Pickett, Mike O'Leary
                                                         
Longest Drive
Male -- Lou Boneski
Ladies -- Mary Cahill

 

Closest to the Pin    Arthur Proulx , Arty LaPorte

 

 

 A Thank You Our,  Sponsors
Adcare Hospital,  Community Health Link, Genesis Counseling Services Inc
Gosnold on the Cape. Labor Assistance Professionals, MBSACC—Certification Board, MOAR,  Modern Assistance Program, UMass Boston-Alcohol & Chemical Dependency Treatment Services
Program,  Westfield State College—Addiction Counselor Education Program

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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