CREDENTIALING, LICENSING, AND REIMBURSEMENT OF THE SUD WORKFORCE: A REVIEW OF POLICIES AND PRACTICES ACROSS THE NATION. EXHIBIT A3: Requirements: SAMHSA's Category 3--Clinical SUD Counselor

12/01/2019

EXHIBIT A3. Requirements: SAMHSA's Category 3--Clinical SUD Counselor
State Abbr. Credential Title Minimum Degree Education Hours Practice Hours Supervision Hours Required Exam* Annual Cont. Educ. Hours Renewal Period (months) Reciprocity
AK Behavioral Health Counselor II None With degree 40; without degree 382 With degree 6k, without degree 8k 100 None 40 24 Yes
AK Chemical Dependency Counselor II None With degree 48, without degree 176 With degree 6k, without degree 8k 200 NAADAC NCAC I, NCAC II, or MAC 40 24 Yes
AL Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 300 IC&RC AADC 20 12 Yes
AR Advanced Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 300 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
AZ Advanced Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor Master's 180 2,000 Not stated IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
CA Licensed Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor Master's 300 4,000 Not stated IC&RC AADC 50 24 Yes
CADTP Alcohol/Other Drug Counselor-Advanced Not stated 380 10,000 Not stated IC&RC Exam (not specified) 40 24 Yes
CT Certified Addiction Counselor Not stated 300 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 20 12 Yes
DC Advanced Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Not stated Not stated Not stated Not stated IC&RC AADC or National Certification Commission Exam (not specified) Not stated Not stated Not stated
Certified Addiction Counselor II Bachelor's 42 Not stated 180 NAADAC NCAC II & jurisprudence exam 40 24 Not stated
DE Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 100 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
FL Certified Master's Level Addiction Professional Master's 350 4,000 200 Florida's Master's Level Certified Addiction Professional Exam; IC&RC AADC if seeking reciprocity 20 12 Yes
GA Certified Addiction Counselor II Bachelor's 270 6,000 144 NAADAC NCAC I or NCAC II 40 24 Yes
Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor II Bachelor's 300 4,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
HI Certified Substance Abuse Counselor High school or equivalent 300 6,000 400 IC&RC Exam (not specified) 40 24 Yes
IA International Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 300 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
ID Advanced Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 33 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
IL Certified Advanced Alcohol & Other Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 300 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
Certified Reciprocal Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Counselor High school or equivalent 300 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
IN Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor Associate Master's 27 semester hours 700 105 IC&RC AADC or NAADAC MAC 40 24 Yes
Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomat Master's 140 2,000 100 IC&RC COD Professional Exam 40 24 Yes
Certified Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselor IV Bachelor's 320 6,000 300 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
KS Licensed Masters Addiction Counselor Master's 27 semester hours Not stated Not stated NAADAC MAC 30 24 Not stated
KY Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor Associate Master's 180 Not stated Not stated IC&RC AADC 60 36 Yes
LA Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 300 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
MA Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor II High school or equivalent 270 6,000 300 IC&RC Exam (not specified) 40 24 Yes
MD Licensed Graduate Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 27 semester hours Not stated Not stated NAADAC MAC & Law Test 40 24 No
ME Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent Not stated 2,000 1 per every 20 hours of client contact IC&RC AADC or ADC & Case Presentation Method Oral Exam 36 hours every 2 years 12 Not stated
MI Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 186 2,000 100 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
MN Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor Bachelor's 270 880 Not stated IC&RC Exam (not specified) or NAADAC NCAC II 40 24 Yes
MO Addiction Counselor III High school or equivalent Not stated 4,000 Not stated None Not stated Not stated Not stated
Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 180 4,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 No
Certified Reciprocal Alcohol & Other Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 300 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
MS Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor II Master's 270 10,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
Provisionally Certified Addictions Therapist Master's Not stated Not stated Not stated None 80 48 Not stated
ND Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor Bachelor's 32 credit hours Not stated Not stated Not stated 40 24 Yes
NH Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor Associate 270 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 48 24 Yes
NM Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Not stated 270 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
NV Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor Master's Not stated 4,000 Not stated IC&RC ADC & oral boards 40 24 Yes
NY Master Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor Master's 350 6,000 300 IC&RC Exam (not specified) 60 36 Yes
OH Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III Bachelor's 180 2,000 Not stated IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
PA Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Bachelor's 300 4,000 200 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
RI Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional High school or equivalent (must be certified as a Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor or Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor) Not stated Not stated Not stated IC&RC AADC or ADC Not stated 24 Yes
Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 100 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
Student Assistance Counselor Master's 60 1,350 70 None 40 24 No
SC Certified Addictions Counselor II Bachelor's 450 8,000 150 NAADAC NCAC II & oral exam 40 24 Yes
TX Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Associate 270 4,000 300 Not stated 40 24 Yes
UT Licensed Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor Bachelor's 300 4,000 350 NAADAC NCAC II or MAC, or IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 300 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
VA Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Master's 180 2,000 100 IC&RC AADC 40 24 Yes
WA Chemical Dependency Professional Associate 30 semester credits 2,500 50 NAADAC NCAC II or MAC, or IC&RC AADC 28 24 Yes
WI Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor Associate 366 5,000 Not stated NAADAC NCAC I & exam on Wisconsin statutes & admin codes 40 24 Yes
WY Provisional Addictions Therapist Master's 420 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
  • COD = Co-Occurring Disorder

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.