CREDENTIALING, LICENSING, AND REIMBURSEMENT OF THE SUD WORKFORCE: A REVIEW OF POLICIES AND PRACTICES ACROSS THE NATION. EXHIBIT A4: Requirements: SAMHSA's Category 2--SUD Counselor

12/01/2019

EXHIBIT A4. Requirements: SAMHSA's Category 2--SUD Counselor
State Abbr. Credential Title Minimum Degree Education Hours Practice Hours Supervision Hours Required Examination* Annual Cont. Educ. Hours Renewal Period (months) Reciprocity
AK Behavioral Health Counselor I None With degree 36; without degree 286 With degree 2k; without degree 4k 100 None 40 24 Yes
Chemical Dependency Counselor I None With degree 20; without degree 148 With degree 2k; without degree 4k 100 None 40 24 Yes
AL National Certified Addiction Counselor II Bachelor's 450 10,000 Not stated NAADAC NCAC II 50 24 Yes
AR Alcohol & Drug Counselor Not stated 300 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
Licensed Associate Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselor Bachelor's 270 6,000 Not stated Any nationally recognized exam 40 24 No
AZ Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor Bachelor's 200 6,000 Not stated IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor Bachelor's 3 semester hours 3,200 100 IC&RC AADC, NAADAC NCAC II or MAC, or NBCC Master Addiction Counselor 30 24 No
CA Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II Bachelor's 315 4,000 Not stated IC&RC ADC 50 24 Yes
CO Certified Addiction Counselor III Bachelor's 56 2,000 2 per month NAADAC NCAC II 40 24 Not stated
CT Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Not stated 360 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 20 12 Yes
DC Certified Addiction Counselor I Associate 30 Not stated 500 NAADAC NCAC I & D.C. jurisprudence exam 40 24 Not stated
Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Not stated Not stated Not stated Not stated IC&RC ADC or National Certification Commission Exam Not stated Not stated Not stated
DE Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Associate 300 4,000 200 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
FL Certified Addiction Professional Bachelor's 350 6,000 300 Florida Certified Addiction Professional Exam. IC&RC ADC if seeking reciprocity 20 12 Yes
GA Certified Addiction Counselor I High school or equivalent 180 4,000 96 NAADAC NCAC I 40 24 Yes
Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor I High school or equivalent 300 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
IA Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 150 3,000 36 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Bachelor's 340 6,000 200 IC&RC COD Professional Exam 40 24 Yes
ID Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 270 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
IL Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 225 4,000 150 Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Illinois Examination 40 24 No
IN Licensed Addiction Counselor Bachelor's 40 semester hours 4,000 150 IC&RC ADC or NAADAC NCAC II 40 24 Yes
Certified Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselor II None 270 4,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Bachelor's 200 6,000 200 IC&RC COD Professional Exam 40 24 Yes
Indiana Certified Addiction Counselor Level II Bachelor's 450 10,000 100 NAADAC NCAC II 40 24 Yes
KS Licensed Addiction Counselor Bachelor's 30 semester hours Not stated Not stated NAADAC NCAC II 30 24 Yes
KY Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Bachelor's 270 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 60 36 Yes
LA Certified Addiction Counselor Bachelor's 270 4,000 300 IC&RC AADC 48 24 Not stated
MA Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 300 6,000 300 IC&RC Exam (not specified) 40 24 Yes
MD Certified Associate Counselor-Alcohol & Drug Bachelor's 33 semester hours unless degree in counseling 2,000 Not stated NAADAC NCAC II & Maryland law exam 40 24 Yes
Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Bachelor's 300 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Bachelor's 200 6,000 200 IC&RC COD Professional Exam 40 24 Yes
ME Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent Not stated 4,000 1 per every 20 hours of client contact IC&RC ADC 24 every 2 years 12 Not stated
MI Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Not stated 300 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC or AADC 40 24 Yes
MN Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Reciprocal Not stated 300 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
MO Addiction Counselor II High school or equivalent Not stated Not stated Not stated Not stated Not stated Not stated Not stated
Missouri Associate Alcohol Drug Counselor II High school or equivalent 90 2,000 300 Not stated 20 24 Not stated
Registered Alcohol Drug Counselor-Provisional Bachelor's 3 hours of live ethics 6,000 Not stated Not stated Not stated No renewal, expires after 2 years Not stated
MS Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor I Bachelor's 270 8,000 300 IC&RC Exam (not specified) 40 24 Yes
NC Certified Substance Abuse Counselor High school or equivalent 270 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 60 24 Yes
ND Licensed Addiction Counselor Bachelor's 32 credit hours 960 160 NAADAC NCAC I or MAC 40 24 Yes
NE Provisionally Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 270 300 Not stated None 40 24 No
NJ Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 270 3,000 300 IC&RC ADC 60 24 Yes
NV Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor Bachelor's Not stated 4,000 Not stated IC&RC ADC & state oral exam 40 24 Yes
NY Advanced Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor Bachelor's 350 6,000 300 IC&RC Exam (not specified) 60 36 Yes
Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor II Associate 350 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 60 36 Yes
OH Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II Associate 180 2,000 Not stated IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
OK Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Bachelor's 45 4,000 104 IC&RC ADC 270 12 Yes
OR Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II Bachelor's 300 4,000 Not stated NAADAC NCAC II & written jurisprudence exam 40 24 Yes
PA Certified Associate Addiction Counselor High school or equivalent 300 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
RI Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 300 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
SC Certified Addictions Counselor I Bachelor's 270 4,000 150 NAADAC NCAC I & oral exam      
SD Certified Addiction Counselor High school or equivalent 27 semester hours 8,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
TN Level I Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor High school or equivalent 270 6,000 100 NAADAC NCAC I or MAC & jurisprudence exam 30 24 Yes
TX Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Counselor High school or equivalent 300 6,000 Not stated IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
UT Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 270 6,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
Certified Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor Bachelor's 300 Not stated 350 IC&RC ADC, NADAAC NCAC II or MAC 40 24 Yes
VA Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Bachelor's 300 4,000 200 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Bachelor's 400 2,000 100 NAADAC NCAC I None 24 No
VT Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor Bachelor's 270 4,000 Not stated IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
WI Substance Abuse Counselor Not stated 360 3,000 Not stated NAADAC NCAC I & online open-book exam on Wisconsin statutes & administrative code 30 24 Yes
WV Alcohol & Drug Counselor High school or equivalent 300 12,000 300 IC&RC ADC 40 24 Yes
WY Certified Addictions Practitioner Bachelor's 27 Not stated Not stated IC&RC ADC or NAADAC NCAC II 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.