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an important notice from the Division of Consumer Affairs, Board
of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners.
The Board is partially funded by the Department of Human Services,
Division of Addiction Services. More information on the Board may
be found on the Board
News section of this site.
Questions have been raised concerning Patient
Confidentiality and we have important links to help
with these concerns.
The Addiction Professionals Certification Division is a member of
the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)
that offers the ICADC, which is obtained after you have completed
your New Jersey LCADC/CADC through the Division of Consumer Affairs.
The ICADC (downloadable PDF application with instructions) is not recognized in New Jersey, but is your recognition of reciprocity
with the IC&RC’s 70 member boards
- The Certified Co-occurring Disorder Specialist (IC&RC Advanced
Credential formerly CMS)
- The Certified Prevention Specialist
- The Certified Clinical Supervisor
The responsibility of The Certification Board regarding
the IC&RC can be found in this document, NJ
All complaints, comments and questions regarding the LCADC/CADC
should go to the DCA, not the Certification Board. You
must be an LCADC to advertise yourself as such. Refer to the licensure
law for specifics. The DCA’s Deputy Attorney General, Susan
Berger, will handle ethical and legal violations. For further information
about the Division of Consumer Affairs, including their applications,
The Certification Board has a contract with the DCA to:
- Administer the Oral and Written Exams after the DCA approves
the applicant’s application.
- Approve LCADC and CADC credit
- Approve Instructors for coursework
The LCADC requires 18 graduate credits in counseling related coursework,
contained in human services related masters or doctorate degree,
as well as the 270 hours of addiction courses. Pharmacology, a new
addition, is now required.
All, or some, of the addiction related
coursework might be contained in the graduate degree. The Certification
Board will review your coursework and provide a transcript that will
be accepted by the DCA.
This law known as the "Alcohol and Drug Counselor Licensing
and Certification Act" was approved by the legislature
on January 9, 1998.
The law required that a Committee be formed
to develop and oversee implementation of regulations governing
of licensure of individuals who wish to practice as Drug
and Alcohol counselors in New Jersey, either as a Certified
and Drug Counselor ("CADC") or as a Licensed Clinical
Alcohol and Drug Counselor ("LCADC"), respectively.
This Committee has been established within the Board of Marriage
and Family Therapy Examiners, which is within the jurisdiction
of the Division of Consumer Affairs, Department of Law and
The Committee is comprised of five members,
four from the addiction field and one public member. It is
its work by
an Executive Director, Deputy Attorney General, and an analyst
from the regulatory section of the Division of Consumer Affairs.
The five Committee members are the voting body. Current membership
consists of Sylvia Lippe (Chairperson), Fred Riehl (Vice-Chair),
Donald Weinbaum (from the New Jersey Department of Health
and Senior Services), Fr. Edward Reading (Liaison to the
of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners), and Barbara Dennis,
Esq. (public member).
The Committee, which was formed in November
1998, has been meeting monthly since January 1999. The Committee
to interpret the law and the intent of the law. They have
focused virtually all their energy on drafting the required regulations
and planning for implementation of the law. Interpreting
this law into a workable document is a time consuming process; the
Committee is responsible both for the safety of the consumer
and for the professionalism of the industry. Once regulations
have been drafted by the Committee and undergo departmental
review, they will be published in the NJ Register for public
comment before the final adoption.
The Committee has reviewed
similar professional licensing regulations already in effect
in New Jersey and other states
possible, has incorporated parts of them into the proposed
drug and alcohol licensing/certification regulations
in the hope of speeding up the process. The Committee was
expected to take one year to complete these regulations.
This timeframe proved to be inadequate, due to the specialized
of the drug and alcohol counseling field. The Committee
also needed to take into account the new facilities regulations
adopted by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior
Services. The Committee currently anticipates publication
of its regulations
late in 2001.
Along with a workable document, the Committee
has had to wrestle with transitional issues such as the interim
of the Committee to the current non-governmental certification
board, as well as requirements applicable to the members
of the addiction field who were certified prior to
the enactment of this bill, those counselors who received
the enactment of this bill and the completion of the
regulations, and members of the professional community
who are now in
the process of acquiring certification.
distinguishes between Licensure as an LCADC (Licensed Clinical
Alcohol and Drug Counselor)
as a CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor).
Certification requirements incorporated in the law are similar
existing voluntary certification process. The LCADC
is the higher
of the two credentials, and only LCADC's will be
allowed to conduct
Grand-parenting Clause for Licensure:
this covers counselors who held certification by the private
Certification Board of New Jersey, Inc., as an
alcohol and drug counselor on January 9, 1998. They will
be required to complete and application, demonstrate
and provide proof of current certification by the
board along with the fee determined by the Division
The next group will be those who received
their certification between January 9, 1998 and the effective
the regulation; they will be required to submit
of CADC, Masters degree in counseling or related
field and demonstrate
additional qualifications and experience in order
to obtain licensure.
Counselors who do not meet
the above requirements may become licensed as a LCADC by
completing all requirements
certification, including passing an examination
and providing the Committee
with documentation of an Masters degree in
counseling or related field. Counselors in the field without
a Masters degree will
continue to be eligible for certification as
Many aspects of the certification process are
expected to remain the same. The Committee
a contract with
certification board which would allow their
continuing to handle the approval of subjects
for education courses,
scheduling of the written exam, and monitoring
of the oral presentation. This is still subject
All applications must go through the Board
of Marriage and
Family Therapy Examiners. Each application
will be reviewed by the Committee to ensure
met before being presented to the Board for
final approval. The Committee
will be responsible for granting of licenses
or certificates, the appeals process, addressing
and all issues
pertaining to licensure or certification status,
and handling complaints
regarding practice by alcohol and drug counselors.
The Division of Consumer Affairs will set the
costs for licensure
Please note that he Committee
generally meets the Fourth Friday of every
month at the Division
at 124 Halsey Street, Newark. This meeting
is open to the public. We would welcome public
information on attendance, you may call Dennis
Gonzalez, Executive Director, at 973-504-6582.
Sylvia Lippe and Donald Weinbaum
On behalf of:
Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee
Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners
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questions or comments.
The information contained in this document is provided
for general guidance only. Specific requirements will be
defined in the regulations to be issued.