WSR 09-14-111

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed June 30, 2009, 2:51 p.m. , effective July 1, 2009 ]


Effective Date of Rule: July 1, 2009.

Other Findings Required by Other Provisions of Law as Precondition to Adoption or Effectiveness of Rule: This effective date is necessary to implement 2008 legislation that amended chapter 18.205 RCW effective July 1, 2009.

Purpose: 2SHB 2674 (chapter 135, Laws of 2008) amends the credentialing standards for registered counselors (RC). The legislation creates eight new professions, abolishes the RC credential, and adds a chemical dependency professional trainee (CDPT) as one of the new professions. The change in statute makes it necessary for the department to develop rules for the new CDPT profession.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 246-811-082; and amending WAC 246-811-010 Definitions, 246-811-020 Sexual misconduct, 246-811-030 Educational requirements, 246-811-045 Accumulation of experience, 246-811-046 Number of experience hours required for certification as a chemical dependency professional, 246-811-047 Competency -- Experience requirements, 246-811-048 Supervision requirements, 246-811-049 Approved supervisor requirements, 246-811-060 Examination requirements for chemical dependency professional, 246-811-070 National certification, 246-811-075 AIDS prevention and information education requirements, 246-811-080 What happens if my certification expires?, 246-811-081 Retired active chemical dependency professional (CDP) credential, 246-811-090 A chemical dependency professional and a chemical dependency professional trainee must provide client disclosure information, 246-811-100 Disclosure statement requirements, 246-811-110 Failure to provide disclosure information, 246-811-200 Continuing competency definitions, 246-811-210 Purpose of a continuing competency program, 246-811-220 Continuing competency program requirements, 246-811-230 Continuing competency reporting period, 246-811-240 Number of continuing education hours required, 246-811-250 Acceptable continuing education, 246-811-260 Completion of the twelve hours of other professional development activities, 246-811-270 Acceptable audit documentation for continuing education, professional development activities, and the enhancement plan, and 246-811-990 Chemical dependency professional and chemical dependency professional trainee -- Fees and renewal cycle.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 18.205 RCW.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 09-08-080 on March 30, 2009.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: Below is a summary of the changes that were made to the final version of the rules.

WAC Reference Comments Received DOH Recommendation
246-811-010(6) As used in WAC 246-811-035(2) A CDPT must submit a signed declaration with their annual renewal that states they are enrolled in an approved education program and are obtaining the experience requirements for a CDP Credential.

Concerned that it will cause confusion on the part of CDPTs. Some CDPTs will have completed some of the course work but not be "currently enrolled" for a number of reasons. This may be misconstrued to mean they must be "enrolled" at all times in a college program. Given that there is a five-year time limit on being a CDPT, they will have to be "actively" progressing with their education or they will not complete the education in time.

Section 18 of 2SHB 2674 requires a CDPT to attest that he or she is enrolled in an approved education program. The department amended the definition to:

"Enrolled" means participating in an approved school and progressing toward the completion of the course work to be certified as a chemical dependency professional as described in WAC 246-811-030 (2)(a) through (w).

246-811-030(3) A person who receives a certification of completion from the Washington consortium of addictions substance abuse educators (WACASE), as long as they meet department standards, is considered to have met the requirements of WAC 246-811-030 pertaining to the forty-five quarter or thirty semester credits in courses covering the subject content described in WAC 246-811-030(2). Official verification of the additional forty-five quarter or thirty semester credits will be required upon application to the department.

It is recommended that this section be removed until either the NAADAC certification process is completed or there is a formal agreement with WACASE as to the curriculum. There are also concerns about using the "certificate" language since it leaves open the question of how many credits does it take to get the certificate and how many credits do you have to take from any single WACASE program for them to issue the certificate. I think it is too ambiguous at this time to include in the rule. I know this is a big issue for DOH and trying to simplify the credentialing process but there is concern that WACASE is just not organized enough around this issue to make this step at this time.

Due to the controversy surrounding this issue, the department is removing this language from the rules.
246-811-030(3) For clarification purposes "member schools," should be added to the rule language after WACASE, this would clarify any concerns regarding WACASE and its membership. Due to the controversy surrounding this issue, the department is removing this language from the rules.
246-811-090 There is a reference to WAC 440-220-010, this WAC is no longer in effect and was changed to WAC 388-805-325. The department amended the reference.

A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Betty J. Moe, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47852, Tumwater, WA 98501-7852, phone (360) 236-4912, fax (360) 236-2406, e-mail Betty.Moe@doh.wa.gov.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, Amended 25, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, Amended 25, Repealed 1.

Date Adopted: June 30, 2009.

Mary C. Selecky

Secretary

OTS-2155.5

Chapter 246-811 WAC

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PROFESSIONALS AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PROFESSIONALS TRAINEES


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-13-084, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99)

WAC 246-811-010   ((What)) Definitions ((should I know?)).   The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly states otherwise.

(1) ((Approved supervisor is an individual who meets the education and experience requirements described in WAC 246-811-030 and 246-811-045 through 246-811-049 and who is available to the person being supervised.

(2))) Approved school means any college or university accredited by a national or regional accrediting body recognized by the commission on recognition of postsecondary accreditation, at the time the applicant completed the required education or other educational programs approved by the secretary.

(((3))) (2) Certified chemical dependency professional (CDP) means an individual certified in chemical dependency counseling under chapter 18.205 RCW.

(3) Certified chemical dependency professional trainee (CDPT) means an individual working toward the education and experience requirements for certification as a chemical dependency professional, and who has been credentialed as a CDPT under chapter 18.205 RCW.

(4) Core competencies of chemical dependency counseling means competency in the following nationally recognized areas:

(a) Knowledge;

(b) Skills;

(c) Attitudes of professional practice, including assessment and diagnosis of chemical dependency;

(d) Chemical dependency treatment planning and referral;

(e) Patient and family education in the disease of chemical dependency;

(f) Individual and group counseling with alcoholic and drug addicted individuals; and

(g) Relapse prevention counseling, and case management.

All oriented to assist alcohol and drug addicted patient to achieve and maintain abstinence from mood-altering substances and develop independent support systems.

(5) Direct supervision means the supervisor is on the premises and available for immediate consultation.

(6) Enrolled means participating in an approved school and progressing toward the completion of the course work, or completion of the course work to be certified as a chemical dependency professional as described in WAC 246-811-030 (2)(a) through (w).

(7) Individual formal meetings means a meeting with an approved supervisor, involving one approved supervisor and no more than four supervisees.

(8) Official transcript ((is defined as)) means the transcript from an approved college or ((university)) school, in an envelope readily identified as having been sealed by the school.

(((4) Individual formal meetings is defined as a meeting with an approved supervisor, involving one approved supervisor and no more than four supervisees.

(5) Addiction counseling competencies means the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of chemical dependency counselor professional practice as described in Technical Assistance publication No. 21, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 1998.

(6))) (9) Related field ((is defined as)) means health education, behavioral science, sociology, psychology, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, social work, psychiatry, nursing, divinity, criminal justice, and counseling education.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(1). 99-13-084, 246-811-010, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-07-090, filed 3/19/08, effective 4/19/08)

WAC 246-811-020   Sexual misconduct.   (1) The definitions and prohibitions on sexual misconduct described in chapter 246-16 WAC apply to chemical dependency professionals and a chemical dependency professional trainee except WAC 246-16-100 (3) and (4).

(2) A chemical dependency professional or a chemical dependency professional trainee shall never engage, or attempt to engage, in the activities listed in WAC 246-16-100(1) with a former patient, former client or former key party.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.155.040, 18.19.050, 18.225.040, 18.205.060, 18.130.050. 08-07-090, 246-811-020, filed 3/19/08, effective 4/19/08.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-13-084, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99)

WAC 246-811-030   ((What are the minimum education)) Educational requirements ((for chemical dependency professional certification?)).   (1) The minimum education requirements for a chemical dependency professional are:

(a) An associate's degree in human services or related field from an approved school; or

(b) Successful completion of ninety quarter or sixty semester college credits in courses from an approved school.

(2) At least forty-five quarter or thirty semester credits must be in courses relating to the chemical dependency profession and shall include the following topics specific to alcohol and drug addicted individuals:

(a) Understanding addiction;

(b) Pharmacological actions of alcohol and other drugs;

(c) Substance abuse and addiction treatment methods;

(d) Understanding addiction placement, continuing care, and discharge criteria, including American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria;

(e) Cultural diversity including people with disabilities and its implication for treatment;

(f) Chemical dependency clinical evaluation (screening and referral to include comorbidity);

(g) HIV/AIDS brief risk intervention for the chemically dependent;

(h) Chemical dependency treatment planning;

(i) Referral and use of community resources;

(j) Service coordination (implementing the treatment plan, consulting, continuing assessment and treatment planning);

(k) Individual counseling;

(l) Group counseling;

(m) Chemical dependency counseling for families, couples and significant others;

(n) Client, family and community education;

(o) Developmental psychology;

(p) Psychopathology/abnormal psychology;

(q) Documentation, to include, screening, intake, assessment, treatment plan, clinical reports, clinical progress notes, discharge summaries, and other client related data;

(r) Chemical dependency confidentiality;

(s) Professional and ethical responsibilities;

(t) Relapse prevention;

(u) Adolescent chemical dependency assessment and treatment;

(v) Chemical dependency case management; and

(w) Chemical dependency rules and regulations.

(3) All applicants, including individuals who are licensed under chapter ((18.83)) 18.225 RCW, Psychologists under chapter 18.83 RCW; and ((chapter 18.79 RCW,)) Advance nurse practitioner under chapter 18.79 RCW, must ((also)) meet the requirements in subsection (2) of this section.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(1). 99-13-084, 246-811-030, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 246-811-035   Certification of a chemical dependency professional trainee (CDPT).   (1) The department of health will issue a CDPT certificate to an individual who:

(a) Submits an application on forms the department provides;

(b) Includes written documentation to meet the eligibility criteria;

(c) Declares that he or she is enrolled in an approved school and gaining the experience required to receive a CDP credential;

(d) Submit evidence of completion of four clock hours of AIDS education. The requirement of WAC 246-811-030 (2)(g) will satisfy this requirement.

(2) A CDPT must submit a signed declaration with their annual renewal that states they are enrolled in an approved education program, or have completed the educational requirements, and are obtaining the experience requirements for a CDP credential.

(3) A CDPT certificate can only be renewed four times.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-13-084, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99)

WAC 246-811-045   ((How will my)) Accumulation of experience ((be counted?)).   (1) The department of health will consider experience in the field of chemical dependency up to seven years prior to the date of application.

(2) Accumulation of the experience hours is not required to be consecutive. Experience that will count toward certification must meet the requirements outlined in WAC 246-811-046 through 246-811-049.

(3) Supervised experience is the practice as referred to in RCW 18.205.090 (1)(c) and is the experience received under an approved supervisor. A practicum or internship taken while acquiring the degree or semester/quarter hours is applicable.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(1). 99-13-084, 246-811-045, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-13-084, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99)

WAC 246-811-046   ((How many hours of)) Number of experience ((will I need for certification?)) hours required for certification as a chemical dependency professional.   You will be required to complete one thousand to two thousand five hundred((, two thousand or one thousand five hundred)) hours of supervised experience depending upon your formal education ((level)).

(1) Two thousand five hundred hours of chemical dependency counseling as defined in RCW 18.205.020(3), for individuals who possess an associate degree; or

(2) Two thousand hours of chemical dependency counseling for individuals who possess a baccalaureate degree in human services or a related field from an approved school; or

(3) One thousand five hundred hours of chemical dependency counseling for individuals who possess a master or doctoral degree in human services or a related field from an approved school; or

(4) One thousand ((five hundred)) hours of chemical dependency counseling for individuals who are licensed as advanced registered nurse practitioners under chapter 18.79 RCW((;)), marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, advanced social workers, and independent clinical social workers under chapter 18.225 RCW or

(((5) One thousand five hundred hours of chemical dependency counseling for individuals who are)) licensed as a psychologist under chapter 18.83 RCW.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(1). 99-13-084, 246-811-046, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-13-084, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99)

WAC 246-811-047   ((What competencies must I become proficient at during my experience?)) Competency -- Experience requirements.   (1) It is the intent that ((individuals)) an individual applying for a chemical dependency professional certificate has become competent in ((addiction)) the core competencies of chemical counseling ((competencies)), as defined in WAC 246-811-010(5), through the experience requirement.

(2) Individuals must have experiences to gain the ((addiction counseling)) core competencies of chemical dependency counseling listed in (a) through (i) of this subsection.

(a) Two hundred hours of clinical evaluation. One hundred hours of the two hundred must be face-to-face patient contact hours.

(b) Six hundred hours of face-to-face counseling to include:

Individual counseling;

Group counseling;

Counseling family, couples, and significant others.

(c) Fifty hours of discussion of professional and ethical responsibilities.

(d) Transdisciplinary foundations:

Understanding addiction;

Treatment knowledge;

Application to practice;

Professional readiness.

(e) Treatment planning.

(f) Referral.

(g) Service coordination.

(h) Client, family, and community education.

(i) Documentation, to include, screening, intake, assessment, treatment plan, clinical reports, clinical progress notes, discharge summaries, and other client related data.

(3) Eight hundred fifty hours of experience ((are designated to)) must be divided among subsection (2)(a) through (c) of this subsection, the remaining experience hours must be divided among subsection (2)(d) through (i) of this subsection as determined by the supervisor.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(1). 99-13-084, 246-811-047, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-13-084, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99)

WAC 246-811-048   ((How much of the experience requirement needs to be under)) Supervision((?)) requirements.   (1) All of the experience must be under an approved supervisor as defined in WAC ((246-811-010(1))) 246-811-049.

(2) A chemical dependency professional trainee (CDPT) can provide chemical dependency assessment, counseling, and case management to patients consistent with his or her education, training, and experience as documented by the approved supervisor.

(a) The first fifty hours of any face-to-face ((client)) patient contact must be under direct observation of an approved supervisor or a chemical dependency professional. ((Supervision shall be based on assisting the person being supervised in acquiring proficiency in the addiction counseling competencies as defined in WAC 246-811-010(5).

(2))) (b) An approved supervisor or designated certified chemical dependency professional must provide direct supervision when a CDPT is providing clinical services to patients until the approved supervisor documents in the employee file that the CDPT has obtained the necessary education, training, and experience.

(3) Approved supervisors ((shall)) must attest to the department of the supervised person's satisfactory progress in becoming proficient in the addiction counseling competencies as listed in WAC 246-811-047 (2)(a) through (i) on forms provided by the department.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(1). 99-13-084, 246-811-048, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-13-084, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99)

WAC 246-811-049   ((Who may act as an)) Approved supervisor((?)) requirements.   (1) An approved supervisor is a certified chemical dependency professional (CDP) or a person who meets or exceeds the requirements of a certified ((chemical dependency professional)) CDP in the state of Washington, and who would be eligible to take the examination required for certification((; and)).

(2) An approved supervisor has at least four thousand hours of experience in a state approved chemical dependency treatment agency in addition to the supervised experience hours required to become a CDP.

(((a) The four thousand hours are in addition to the supervised experience hours required to be eligible to become a chemical dependency professional.

(b))) (3) Twenty-eight clock hours of recognized supervisory training may be substituted for one thousand hours of experience((; and

(3))).

(4) An approved supervisor is not a blood or legal relative, significant other, cohabitant of the supervisee, or someone who has acted as the ((person supervised's)) supervisee's primary counselor.

(5) A chemical dependency professional trainee (CDPT) must receive documentation of his or her approved supervisor's qualifications before training begins.

(6) An approved supervisor or other certified CDP must review and sign all CDPT clinical documentation.

(7) An approved supervisor is responsible for all patients assigned to the CDPT they supervise.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(1). 99-13-084, 246-811-049, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-01-122, filed 12/17/99, effective 1/17/00)

WAC 246-811-060   ((What)) Examination ((is required)) requirements for a chemical dependency certification((?)) professional.   (1) All applicants must take and pass the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (NAADAC) National Certification Examination for Addiction Counselors or International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) Certified Addiction Counselor Level II or higher examination.

(2) The department will accept the passing score ((established)) set by the testing company.

(3) The application and application fee must be submitted to the department at least ninety days prior to the scheduled examination date. All other supporting documents, including verification of education and experience, must be submitted at least sixty days prior to the examination date.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(7). 00-01-122, 246-811-060, filed 12/17/99, effective 1/17/00.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-13-084, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99)

WAC 246-811-070   ((To what extent will my)) National certification ((be recognized by the department?)).   (1) A person who is certified through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) or the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC), is considered to ((have met)) meet the experience requirements of WAC 246-811-046.

(2) A person who is certified through NAADAC or ICRC is considered to have met the requirements of WAC 246-811-030 pertaining to the forty-five quarter or thirty semester credits in courses covering the subject content described in WAC 246-811-030(2). Verification of the additional forty-five quarter or thirty semester credits will be required upon application to the department.

(3) Verification of certification must be sent directly to the department from NAADAC or ICRC.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(1). 99-13-084, 246-811-070, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-13-084, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99)

WAC 246-811-075   ((How many hours of)) AIDS prevention and information education ((do I need?)) requirements.   Chemical dependency professional applicants and chemical dependency professional trainee applicants must complete four clock hours of AIDS education as required in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 8.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(1). 99-13-084, 246-811-075, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-13-084, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99)

WAC 246-811-080   What happens if my certification expires?   (1) If the chemical dependency professional (CDP) or chemical dependency certification trainee (CDPT) certification has expired for five years or less, the individual must meet the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.

(2) If a CDP certification has lapsed for more than five years, the applicant ((will be required to)) must demonstrate continued competency and ((shall be required to take)) must pass an examination, if an examination was not ((taken and)) successfully passed for the initial certification. In addition, the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2, must be met.

(3) If a CDPT certification has lapsed for more than five years, the applicant must meet the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(1). 99-13-084, 246-811-080, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99.]

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PROFESSIONAL RETIRED ACTIVE CREDENTIAL
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-07-083, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02)

WAC 246-811-081   ((How may I obtain a)) Retired active chemical dependency professional (CDP) credential((?)).   A certified ((chemical dependency professional)) CDP may obtain a retired active credential. Refer to the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 5.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.130.250. 02-07-083, 246-811-081, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-12-102, filed 6/7/00, effective 7/8/00)

WAC 246-811-090   ((Who)) A chemical dependency professional and a chemical dependency professional trainee must provide client disclosure information((?)).   A chemical dependency professional((s)) and a chemical dependency professional trainee must provide disclosure information to each client prior to the delivery of certified services (WAC ((440-22-010)) 388-805-325). Disclosure information may be printed in a format of the chemical dependency professional's choosing or in a general format used by a state approved treatment facility.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(15). 00-12-102, 246-811-090, filed 6/7/00, effective 7/8/00.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-12-102, filed 6/7/00, effective 7/8/00)

WAC 246-811-100   ((What must I include on my)) Disclosure statement((?)) requirements.   (1) The following information must be printed on all disclosure statements provided to counseling clients in language that can be easily understood by the client:

(a) Name of firm, agency, business, or chemical dependency professional's practice.

(b) ((Chemical dependency professional's business address and telephone number.

(c) Washington state certified chemical dependency professional number.

(d) The chemical dependency professional's name with credentials.

(e))) Employment address and telephone number.

(c) Name, credential, and credential number.

(d) Billing information, including:

(i) Client's cost per each counseling session;

(ii) Billing practices, including any advance payments and refunds.

(((f))) (e) A list of the acts of unprofessional conduct in RCW 18.130.180 including the name, address, and contact telephone number within the department of health.

(2) The ((chemical dependency professional)) CDP or CDPT and the client must sign and date a statement indicating that the client has been ((provided)) given a copy of the required disclosure information, and the client has read and understands the information provided.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(15). 00-12-102, 246-811-100, filed 6/7/00, effective 7/8/00.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-12-102, filed 6/7/00, effective 7/8/00)

WAC 246-811-110   ((What happens if I fail)) Failure to provide client disclosure information((?)).   Failure to provide to the client any of the disclosure information required by WAC 246-811-090 and 246-811-100 constitutes an act of unprofessional conduct as defined in RCW 18.130.180(7) and may be grounds for disciplinary action.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(15). 00-12-102, 246-811-110, filed 6/7/00, effective 7/8/00.]

CONTINUING COMPETENCY ((PROGRAM)) REQUIREMENTS FOR CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PROFESSIONALS
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-07-084, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02)

WAC 246-811-200   ((What)) Continuing competency definitions ((should I know?)).   (1) Continuing education means a program or course (including distance learning), seminars, or workshops, professional conferences approved by an industry recognized local, state, national, international organization or institution of higher learning.

(2) Professional development activities means addiction competencies as outlined in WAC 246-811-047, including: Clinical evaluation, individual counseling, group counseling, counseling family, couples, and significant others, professional and ethical responsibilities, understanding addiction, treatment knowledge, application to practice, professional readiness, treatment planning, referral, service coordination, client, family, and community education, screening, intake, assessment, clinical reports, clinical progress notes, discharge summaries, and other client related data.

(3) Industry recognized is any local, state, national, international organization, or institution of higher learning, including, but not limited to, the following organizations:

(a) National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC);

(b) National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP);

(c) International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC);

(d) Northwest Indian alcohol/drug specialist certification board;

(e) ((Chemical dependency counselor certification board;

(f))) Institutions of higher learning that are accredited by a national or regional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation; or

(((g))) (f) Division of alcohol and substance abuse (DASA).

(4) Distance learning is industry recognized education obtained to enhance proficiency in one or more of the professional development activities as outlined in subsection (2) of this section, through sources such as, internet course work, satellite downlink resources, telecourses, or correspondence courses.

(5) Agency sponsored training is training provided by an agency that is not limited to people working within that agency and is a professional development activity as outlined in subsection (2) of this section.

(6) In-service training is training provided by an agency that is limited to people working within that agency and is a professional development activity as outlined in subsection (2) of this section.

(7) Continuing competency enhancement plan is a plan showing the goals the CDP will develop to continue proficiency in their profession. The plan will be based on core competencies as listed in WAC 246-811-047. The plan will be developed on forms provided by the department.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(12). 02-07-084, 246-811-200, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-07-084, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02)

WAC 246-811-210   ((What is the scope and)) Purpose of a continuing competency program((?)).   To enhance the professional competency of the ((CDP)) chemical dependency professional. A successful continuing competency program focuses on all aspects of professional practice to ensure that the practitioner is competent to provide safe and quality care to patients. The purpose of the professional development activities is to broaden the experience that a CDP may undertake to maintain competency.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(12). 02-07-084, 246-811-210, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-07-084, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02)

WAC 246-811-220   ((What are the)) Continuing competency program requirements((?)).   (1) ((CDPs must complete)) A chemical dependency professional must complete an enhancement plan, as described in WAC 246-811-200(7);

(2) ((CDPs must complete)) Twenty-eight hours of continuing education, as described in WAC 246-811-240; and

(3) ((CDPs must complete)) Twelve hours of other professional development activities as ((outlined)) described in WAC 246-811-047 and 246-811-200(2).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(12). 02-07-084, 246-811-220, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-07-084, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02)

WAC 246-811-230   ((What is the)) Continuing competency reporting period((?)).   ((CDPs)) A chemical dependency professional must complete the continuing competency program requirements every two years. A CDP((s will)) must develop and implement the plan ((on their 2002 renewal date or)) upon initial certification((. The effective date for reporting the continuing competency program requirements shall begin with the 2004 renewal cycle)), and every two years thereafter.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(12). 02-07-084, 246-811-230, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-07-084, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02)

WAC 246-811-240   ((How many)) Number of continuing education hours ((are needed?)) required.   ((CDPs)) A chemical dependency professional must complete twenty-eight hours of continuing education every two years. At least fourteen hours must be completed in one or more of the topic areas as described in WAC 246-811-030 (2)(a) through (w). At least four hours must be in professional ethics and law. The additional ten hours shall be in areas relating to the various phases of their professional career.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(12). 02-07-084, 246-811-240, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-07-084, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02)

WAC 246-811-250   ((What are)) Acceptable ((programs or courses for)) continuing education((?)).   (1) Programs having a featured instructor, speaker(s) or panel that is industry recognized;

(2) Distance learning programs;

(3) Agency sponsored trainings;

(4) Course work at institutions of higher learning that are accredited by a national or regional accrediting body recognized by the commission on recognition of postsecondary accreditation; or

(5) In-service training programs limited to seven hours per reporting period.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(12). 02-07-084, 246-811-250, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-07-084, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02)

WAC 246-811-260   ((How do I fulfill the)) Completion of the twelve hours of other professional development activities((?)).   (1) ((CDPs)) A chemical dependency professional (CDP) may obtain hours through the following:

(a) Practicum;

(b) Peer-review including serving on a formal peer review panel or committee, or individual review of a sole provider, where the purpose of the review is to determine whether appropriate treatment was rendered;

(c) Public presentation including preparing and presenting lectures or education that contribute to the professional competence of a CDP. The CDP may accumulate the same number of hours obtained for continuing education purposes by attendees as required in WAC 246-12-220. The hours for presenting a specific topic lecture or education may only be used for continuing education credit once during each reporting period;

(d) Publication of writings;

(e) Other activities as determined by the CDP's supervisor;

(f) Continuing education; these continuing education hours are in addition to the twenty-eight hours of continuing education as listed in WAC 246-811-240.

(2) All documentation must include the dates the continuing competency activity ((occurred)) that took place, and if appropriate, the title of the course, the location of the course, and the name of the instructor.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(12). 02-07-084, 246-811-260, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-07-084, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02)

WAC 246-811-270   ((What is)) Acceptable audit documentation for continuing education, professional development activities, and the enhancement plan((?)).   (1) Acceptable documentation must be specific to the program completed and include:

(a) Transcripts, letters from course instructors, or certificate of completion;

(b) Written report by the CDP explaining how they achieved the competencies in WAC 246-811-047; or

(c) Signed agreement between parties involved.

(2) ((CDPs)) A chemical dependency professional must comply with the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 7.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(12). 02-07-084, 246-811-270, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-15-014, filed 7/7/08, effective 7/7/08)

WAC 246-811-990   ((How often do I need to renew and what are the costs for certification?)) Chemical dependency professional and chemical dependency professional trainee -- Fees and renewal cycle.   (1) A chemical dependency professional (CDP) certificate((s)) must be renewed every year on the practitioner's birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2. ((The secretary may require payment of renewal fees less than those established in this section if the current level of fees is likely to result in a surplus of funds. Surplus funds are those in excess of the amount necessary to pay for the costs of administering the program and to maintain a reasonable reserve. Notice of any adjustment in the required payment will be provided to practitioners. The adjustment in the required payment shall remain in place for the duration of a renewal cycle to assure practitioners an equal benefit from the adjustment.))

(2) A chemical dependency professional trainee (CDPT) certificate must be renewed every year to correspond with issuance date.

(3) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged for a certified chemical dependency professional:


Title of Fee Fee
Application $200.00
Initial certification 225.00
Renewal 230.00
Renewal retired active 115.00
Late renewal retired active 57.50
Late renewal penalty 115.00
Expired certification reissuance 115.00
Duplicate certification 10.00
Certification of certificate 10.00

(4) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged for a certified chemical dependency professional trainee:



Title of Fee Fee
Application $110.00
Renewal 90.00
Late renewal penalty 50.00
Expired certification reissuance 50.00
Duplicate certification 15.00
Certification of certificate 15.00

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.110, 43.70.250, 2008 c 329. 08-15-014, 246-811-990, filed 7/7/08, effective 7/7/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250, [43.70.]280 and 43.70.110. 05-12-012, 246-811-990, filed 5/20/05, effective 7/1/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.130.250. 02-07-083, 246-811-990, filed 3/19/02, effective 4/19/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.205.060(1). 99-13-084, 246-811-990, filed 6/14/99, effective 7/15/99.]


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 246-811-082 What is the retired active credential renewal fee?

Washington State Code Reviser's Office