Amended SB 1065 Signed into Law on July 12, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Connecticut Certification Board, Inc.

eNews 6/10/2013

Amended SB 1065 Passes Legislature, Now Goes to Governor’s Office

Wallingford, CT Senate Bill 1065, which addresses the reversal of a recent change made to the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) requirements, removing the requirement of LADC candidates to complete 240 hours of alcohol and drug counseling-specific education, has been amended and passed by both the State Senate and House. An amendment submitted by the Public Health Committee also added specific language to identify what would be considered an applicable master’s degree to be used towards licensure. The amended bill passed both the Senate and House unanimously and will now go to Governor Malloy’s office.

Since the inception of the alcohol and drug counselor licensing legislation in the late 90s, all LADC candidates have been required to demonstrate their competency in alcohol and drug counseling by completing a counseling-related master’s degree; 300 hour supervised practicum; 3 years of supervised work experience; 360 hours of education with no less than 240 of the hours in alcohol and d rug counselor education; and passing a written exam. In 2012, several major changes were made to the LADC requirements which effectively removed the alcohol and drug counselor-specific education requirement and substantially weakened the master’s degree requirement.

In recent months, CCB leadership and community stakeholders have worked with the Department of Public Health to support this new legislation and is pleased that it will go to the Governor’s office for signature with these important changes. The CCB views bill as essential in determining that LADC candidates have sufficient education in alcohol and drug counseling prior to becoming an LADC and viewed the removal of this requirement as negatively impacting the profession and ultimately a threat to public safety.

The CCB would like to recognize the Public Health Committee (Senator Terry Gerrantana and Representative Susan Johnson, Co-Chairs), as well as all other members of the community who testified at the public hearing on March 20.

Specific information on SB 1065 can be found on the State of Connecticut website.

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