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
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?
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.
The legislation was passed with an error, that resulted in calling for both academic and competency requirements versus academic or competency requirements.
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
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.
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.
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
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 Know:
Field Request for FY 2002
Substance Abuse Block Grant
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
(Including $10 million for the High Risk Youth Program)
Safe and Drug Free Schools
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Drug Free Communities Act
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
Shaun Kelly, Bill Weir, Lloyd Pickett, Mike O'Leary
Male -- Lou Boneski
Ladies -- Mary Cahill
Join MAADAC and MOAR, as all, are both saddened and
horrified by the devastating September 11th attack on our country. We send our support to
friends, experiencing personal loss. We join with
everyone to support our nation through this tragic crisis. God Bless America!
MAADAC and MOAR
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We send our support to friends, experiencing personal loss.
We join with everyone to support our nation through this tragic crisis.
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