The 12 core functions are based on a well-researched description (a job analysis) of the activities ADCs actually perform when working. The core functions are included in the Minnesota licensing law. More recently, the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers National Curriculum Committee of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice in a document referred to as TAP 21. Though TAP 21 may gradually replace the 12 core functions as a reference to ADC practice activities, TAP 21 incorporates the 12 core functions and reorganizes the competency areas. The content and job functions of chemical dependency counselors remain unchanged.
A number of schools and programs in the region offer alcohol and drug counseling courses that have met licensing requirements. Click here for a list of programs.
Yes, if the academic institution agrees, and the practicum site is a program with a chemical dependency focus. You may also have to meet practicum requirements for the other discipline as, for example, social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, or psychology education requirements differ.
The exams accepted for licensure purposes are not administered through the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. The Board currently accepts the IC&RC written comprehensive exam and the NCC-Level 2 (NAADAC) written comprehensive exam. Click here for the contact information for both exams.
A person who has completed all educational requirements may apply for a temporary permit, and when granted may practice alcohol and drug counseling under the supervision of a licensed alcohol and drug counselor or other licensed professional exempt from licensure. The degree of supervision required is not specified in statute, but as the supervisor assumes responsibility and liability for the actions of persons under supervision, the degree of supervision should be appropriate to the skill, experience and demonstrated competencies of the temporary permit holder.
According to Minnesota Statutes section 148F.045, an alcohol and drug counselor technician can perform the first three core functions (screening, intake, and orientation) without a license. The alcohol and drug counselor technician must be under the direct supervision of a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.
All applicants undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, as required by law. All applicants are required to answer a series of background questions on their application. Applicants are urged to fully disclose information regarding their background. A criminal history does not automatically preclude licensure, and each applicant’s case is assessed on its own merits. Some of the factors included in a decision whether to issue a license are: severity of the crime; length of time since conviction, circumstances in an applicant’s life at the time of the crime, sobriety at the time of both application and commission of the crime; and success in treatment. Applicants with issues of mental health or boundaries in relationships may be asked to undergo a psychological evaluation conducted by an expert consultant selected by BBHT.
You may apply by reciprocity but your license will not qualify you for a Minnesota license unless the requirements you met to obtain your license in the other state are substantially similar to the current requirements for an ADC license in Minnesota. Minnesota does not have any “reciprocity agreements” in place with any other jurisdictions. Reciprocity applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Application and Licensure Committee (ALC) of the Board.