CREDENTIALING, LICENSING, AND REIMBURSEMENT OF THE SUD WORKFORCE: A REVIEW OF POLICIES AND PRACTICES ACROSS THE NATION. EXHIBIT A2: Requirements: SAMHSA's Category 4--Independent SUD Counselor/Supervisor

12/01/2019

EXHIBIT A2. Requirements: SAMHSA's Category 4--Independent SUD Counselor/Supervisor
State Abbr. Credential Title Minimum Degree Education Hours Practice Hours Supervision Hours Required Examination* Annual Cont. Educ. Hours Renewal Period (months) Reciprocity
AK Advanced Behavioral Health Counselor None With degree 70; without degree 548 With degree 10k; without degree 12k 100 None 40 24 Yes
AR Licensed Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselor Master's 270 6,000 Not stated Any nationally recognized exam 40 24 No
AZ Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor Bachelor's 24 semester credit hours 300 100 IC&RC AADC, NAADAC NCAC II or MAC, or NBCC Master Addiction Counselor 30 24 No
CO Licensed Addiction Counselor Master's 168 3,000 2 per month NAADAC MAC 40 24 Not stated
CT Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 360 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 20 12 Yes
DE Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional Master's, & must be Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor 30 3,200 100 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
GA Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 300 4,000 300 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
IA International Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 186 2,000 300 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
IN Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor Master's 27 semester hours 4,000 200 IC&RC AADC or NAADAC MAC 40 24 Yes
KS Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor Master's 27 semester hours 6 semester hours 150 NAADAC NCAC II or MAC 30 24 Yes
KY Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 300 IC&RC AADC 60 36 Yes
LA Licensed Addiction Counselor Master's 270 2,000 300 IC&RC AADC 48 24 Not stated
MA Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor I Master's 270 6,000 300 IC&RC Exam (not specified) 40 24 Yes
Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor II Master's 180 2,000 300 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
MD Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 48 semester credits 2,000 100 NAADAC MAC & Law Test 40 24 Yes
MN Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 300 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
MO Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 300 IC&RC AADC 20 24 Yes
MS Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 270 4,000 300 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
Certified Addictions Therapist Master's Not stated 4,000 Not stated Department of Mental Health Addictions Therapist Exam 80 48 Not stated
MT Licensed Addiction Counselor Associate 330 1,000 Not stated NAADAC NCAC I or NCAC II, Northwest Certification II, or Southwest Certification II 20 12 Yes
NC Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Master's 180 4,000 300 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
ND Licensed Master Addiction Counselor Master's 31 graduate-level credits 2,700 120 NAADAC MAC 40 24 Yes
NE Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 270 6,000 Not stated IC&RC ADC & the Case Presentation Method Oral Exam 40 24 Yes
NH Master Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 270 3,000 300 IC&RC AADC 48 24 Yes
NJ Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 270 3,000 300 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
NM Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor Associate 276 3,000 200 NAADAC NCAC I 40 24 Yes
NV Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor Master's Not stated 2,000 Not stated IC&RC AADC or National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination 40 24 Yes
OH Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Master's 650 2,000 400 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
OK Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 630 2,000 52 IC&RC AADC 180 12 Yes
OR Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor III Master's 300 6,000 Not stated NAADAC MAC & written jurisprudence exam 40 24 Yes
PA Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 100 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
RI Licensed Chemical Dependency Clinical Supervisor Master's; must be Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Not stated 2,000 (Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor) Not stated IC&RC AADC (for Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor certification) Not stated 24 Yes
SD Licensed Addiction Counselor Master's 21 semester hours 2,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
TN Level II Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor Bachelor's 270 4,000 100 NAADAC NCAC II or MAC & a jurisprudence exam 30 24 Yes
TX Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 Not stated IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
Certified Chemical Dependency Specialist Master's 135 4,000 Not stated None 40 24 No
VA Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner Master's 87 semester hours 600 1 per week NAADAC MAC 20 24 Yes
VT Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor Master's 270 2,000 100 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
WV Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 300 6,000 300 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
WY Licensed Addictions Therapist Master's 27 3,000 100 NAADAC MAC or NBCC Master Addiction Counselor 45 24 Yes
*EXAM NAME ABBREVIATIONS:
  • IC&RC ADC = Alcohol & Drug Counselor
  • IC&RC AADC = Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor
  • NAADAC NCAC I = National Certified Addiction Counselor Level I
  • NAADAC NCAC II = National Certified Addiction Counselor Level II
  • NAADAC MAC = Master Addiction Counselor
  • NBCC = National Board for Certified Counselors

NOTE ABOUT PRACTICE HOURS: 2,000 hours = 1 year; 4,000 hours = 2 years; 6,000 hours = 3 years; 8,000 = 4 years; 10,000 hours = 5 years; 12,000 hours = 6 years.