Sacramento, California. Members of the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) voted at their Annual Conference on Saturday, October 5 to consolidate their association with the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR) on a vote of 215 for, six against, and seven abstentions, thus clearing the way for the two organizations to legally become the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). CAARR had voted unanimously to proceed with the consolidation on September 16.
The consolidation will create the largest association representing alcohol and drug counselors and programs in the state, with a combined individual membership and certification base of over 9,500 professionals and a combined agency membership base of over 500 facilities. Together these professionals and programs provide over 6,000,000 hours of service and 4,275 treatment/sober living environment beds to Californians.
Amidst concerns about how alcohol and drug abuse treatment counselors and programs will be integrated under the Affordable Care Act, and in response to the state’s inability to require a uniform career ladder and requirements for counselors in the state, CCAPP has vowed to provide the leadership necessary to unify the treatment profession and become the gateway for consumers, health exchange members (insurers), and regulators who desperately need a reliable way to distinguish qualified professionals and programs .
Working With Your State Insurance Commissioner: A Guide for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Stakeholders Introduction
Your State’s insurance commissioner plays an important role in shaping how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will work “on the ground.” Insurance commissioners in most States are involved in:
• Developing and implementing the health insurance marketplace, and
• Monitoring and enforcing compliance with important consumer protections such as guaranteed issue and mandates for mental health and substance use disorder parity.
This Guide offers specific strategies to help you effectively collaborate and communicate with your State’s insurance commissioner to raise awareness of health insurance regulatory issues that are most important to people with mental health or substance use disorder service needs.
A Guide for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Stakeholders Introduction
Your State legislature plays an important role in shaping how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will look “on the ground.” In most States, the legislature has a part in:
• Developing and implementing the health insurance marketplace;
• Determining whether or not to move forward with expanding the Medicaid program;
• Ensuring your State can enforce the requirements of the ACA; and
• Deciding whether or not to pursue strategies to better integrate mental, substance use, and physical health care.
This Guide offers specific strategies to help you effectively collaborate with your State legislature to raise awareness of issues impacting persons with substance use or mental health needs, to stay informed about legislative developments in your State, and to design successful strategies for mental health and substance use disorder (MH and SUD) prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and recovery.
CAADAC supports actions to investigate and hold accountable businesses and individuals participating in fraudulent activities in the Drug Medi-Cal Program.
CAADAC has been a leader in advocating for effective regulation and laws concerning California’s alcohol and drug treatment systems for over two decades. CAADAC has sponsored ten legislative bills aimed at raising standards of professionalism in the profession. In 2005, CAADAC vigorously fought to strengthen regulations promulgated by the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs to address ethical behavior in facilities. Since that time, CAADAC has partnered with the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR) to draft new regulations to address continuing concerns. At this time, no reform has been implemented.
SACRAMENTO, California (July 13, 2010) - "In these challenging fiscal times, this is an opportunity to increase the protections afforded to the clients of alcohol and other drug counselors, increase the educational and other requirements to become a counselor, and all with virtually no cost to the taxpayer," explained Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) on his amendment to Senate Bill 686 on July 1.
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SACRAMENTO, California (May 28, 2010) - "This is truly a professional community effort that includes treatment providers, AOD counselors, licensed professionals and educators," explains Bob Tyler, "all working together to protect the consumer, increase standards, and keep certification options available and the costs down for California alcohol and other drug counselors."
SACRAMENTO, California (April 12, 2010) - California law established in 2005 a uniform set of standards, specified in State Regulations, for the certification of alcohol and other drug (AOD) counselors working in State-licensed facilities. The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (DADP) serves as the centralized oversight agency that enforces the certification laws and approves the certification agencies. Before being approved as a certification agency by DADP, each certifying organization was required to successfully earn national accreditation through a comprehensive review, including psychometric evaluation of their respective testing procedures.
March/April 2010 Freedom Newsletter (Volume 9, Issue 2)
CAADAC Press Release: The War on Addiction: Untrained, Unskilled and Unethical Counselors Jeopardize Lives, Health and Recovery
For Immediate Release: October 25, 2007, Martinez, California.
The California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, CAADAC, has reviewed, The War on Addiction: Untrained, Unskilled and Unethical Counselors Jeopardize Lives, Health and Recovery, which was released today by the Justin Foundation. CAADAC President Bob Tyler considers the report to be an alarming reminder of California’s failure to adequately protect addicts seeking addiction treatment in the state and urgently requests that state law makers and regulators respond with reforms that will address the problems brought out by the report.
Effective April 1, 2007, the California Code of Regulations1 requires that all certification organizations be accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). In fact, it clearly states: “if any of the certifying organizations in this regulation fails to comply with the requirements of this regulation, within (5) working days following receipt of written notification by the Department that it is no longer approved to certify AOD counselors”(1).
The CAADAC certification board has received the required accreditation from NCCA! We will not leave you behind! CCBADC invites you to align yourself with CAADAC’s tradition of excellence and high standards by moving toward certification that is nationally recognized and accredited!