(a) Except as provided in § 17-405 of this subtitle, to qualify as a certified associate counselor-alcohol and drug, an applicant shall:
(1) Be of good moral character;
(2) At a minimum:
(i) Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited educational institution approved by the Board in a health and human services counseling field; or
(ii) Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited educational institution and have completed a program of studies judged by the Board to be substantially equivalent in subject matter as may be required by the Board in regulation;
(3) Have completed not less than 1 year with a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinically supervised experience in alcohol and drug counseling approved by the Board; and
(4) Have completed any additional educational requirements established by the Board in regulation.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in this title, the applicant shall pass:
(1) An examination approved by the Board under this title; and
(2) The law examination on this title administered by the Board.
(c) A certified associate counselor-alcohol and drug shall practice alcohol and drug counseling under the supervision of a Board-approved alcohol and drug supervisor who is:
(1) A licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor;
(2) A certified professional counselor-alcohol and drug;
(3) A licensed clinical professional counselor;
(4) A licensed clinical marriage and family therapist;
(5) A licensed clinical professional art therapist; or
(6) A health care provider licensed under this article with documented expertise in alcohol and drug counseling.
Services of certified association counselor-alcohol and drug
(d) A certified associate counselor-alcohol and drug:
(1) May provide only:
(i) Alcohol and drug counseling as an employee of an agency or a facility that is certified or licensed by the State;
(ii) Alcohol and drug counseling under the supervision of a Board-approved supervisor as specified in subsection (c) of this section; and
(iii) Supervision with approval by the Board; and
(2) May not practice independently.
Added by Acts 2008, c. 505, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2008. Amended by Acts 2008, c. 36, § 6, eff. April 8, 2008; Acts 2009, c. 60, § 5, eff. April 14, 2009; Acts 2010, c. 708, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2010; Acts 2015, c. 368, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2015; Acts 2018, c. 756, § 1, eff. May 15, 2018; Acts 2018, c. 757, § 1, eff. May 15, 2018.
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 17-403, MD HEALTH OCCUP § 17-403
Current with legislation effective through July 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.