On March 12, IC&RC joined an expert panel, convened by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to discuss “Scopes of Practice in the field of Substance Use Disorder.” The meeting was facilitated by Senior Public Health Advisor Linda Kaplan.
“As you are all aware, the field of addiction services is facing a workforce crisis,” stated Beth Fraster, LICSW, Senior Program Associate for Advocates for Human Potential and organizer of the meeting. “Yet, with the passage of the new Parity legislation and the hope of health care reform, it is also facing real opportunities for new business development and potential growth. SAMHSA and other leaders in the field are focusing on strengthening and supporting the professional identity of the addiction workforce.
Mary Jo Mather, Executive Director of International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, joined a panel of experts, including:
• Joseph D. (Jody) Biscoe, III – Associate Professor of Psychology & Addiction Studies at Northwestern State University and Louisiana Coordinator, Gulf Coast ATTC
- Kirk Bowden, Ph.D., LPC, LISAC, NCC, MAC, ACS – Chair of the Chemical Dependency Counseling Department at Rio Salado College
- Donna DeAngelis, LICSW, ACSW – Executive Director of the Association of Social Work Boards
- Phyllis Gardner, Ph.D. – Professor of Psychology, Sociology & Addiction Studies at Texarkana College and Chair of the IC&RC Credentialing Services Committee
- Rick Harwood – Research and Program Applications Director for National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc.
- Deann Jepson – Program Manager and Workforce Development Specialist for ATTC University of Missouri-National Office in Kansas City
- Mary McCann, M.S.W., LCSW, CAC III – Director of Community Treatment and Recovery Programs at the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health
- Neal A. McGarry – Executive Director of the Florida Certification Board
- Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CCDC III, SAP – Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
- Doug Rosenberry, M.B.A. – Bureau Director of Workforce Development and Fiscal Evaluation for the NY State OASAS
- Rosemary Shannon – Clinical Services Unit Administrator at the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services
- Becky Vaughn, M.S.Ed. – Chief Executive Officer of the State Associations of Addiction Services
- Quinetta Rowley Womack, M.A., LAC, CCGC, CCS – Executive Director of Workforce Development in the Office for Addictive Disorders, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Working in small groups, the panel discussed recommendations for the development of a Model Scopes of Practice. The group identified elements of existing Scopes of Practice for the addictions profession, as well as criteria for levels of education and experience.
IC&RC supported the concept of moving toward a uniform national model for Scopes of Practice. “We believe that, in addition to educational degrees, competence should be determined by a nationally accepted competency-based testing process,” explained Mather.
SAMHSA staffers present at the meeting indicated that they would develop a Summary Document outlining the experts’ recommendations for Scopes of Practice for alcohol and drug counselors at the HS/GED, associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s levels of education. SAMHSA will also circulate the report nationwide, with the hope that states will give serious consideration to aligning their local scopes of practice with the recommendations contained in the report.
IC&RC sets the international standards for competency-based certification programs in addiction counseling, prevention, criminal justice, co-occurring disorders and clinical supervision through testing and credentialing of addiction professionals. It is comprised of 73 credentialing boards that represent over 40,000 certified addiction professionals, located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, two U.S. territories, and 13 countries worldwide, as well as affiliations with the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and Marines.