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Below you will find information about the CAC Transition Phase approved under Sunset Review by the Colorado State Legislature.  Notes are below the chart.

A chart will be added by October 1, 2020 highlighting the changes effective April 1, 2021 - including the shifts in course requirements and testing requirements.

The CAC Curriculum & Training Committee (CCTC) are working with Mary McMahon (OBH) on updating CAC Handbook CAC Trainer Handbook.  CAC Handbook will be available here by October 1, 2020.

Please contact Mita M Johnson (303. 808. 8466 or mitamjohnson@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

 

CAC I

Certified Addiction Technician (CAT)

Applications through March 31, 2021

Working towards CAC I:

  • HS/GED

  • 1,000 hours of clinically supervised work experience (does not require DORA registration prior to the 1,000 hours. Once these hours are met, the individual is not able to count hours towards CAC II/ CAS until the CAC I/CAT is officially approved)

  • Meet training course requirements for CAC I: refer to CAC Clinical Training Program, Addiction Counselor Handbook for course requirements:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/behavioral-health-workforce-development

  • Pass the Jurisprudence Exam

  • Beginning April 1, 2021, CAT will require passing the NCAC I exam

CAC II or CAC III

Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS)

Applications through March 31, 2021

Working towards CAC II/CAC III/CAS:

  • CAC II (HS/GED)

  • CAC III (Clinical Bachelor’s Degree: counseling, addiction counseling, psychology, social work, marriage & family, human services)

  • 3,000 hours total of clinically supervised work experience for CAC II

  • 5,000 hours total of clinically supervised work experience for CAC III

  • Meet training course requirements for CAC II, CAC III: refer to CAC Clinical Training Program, Addiction Counselor Handbook for course requirements:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/behavioral-health-workforce-development

  • Passing the National Exam:

    • CAC II (HS/GED): NCAC I

    • CAC III (Clinical Bachelor’s Degree) NCAC II

  • Passing the Jurisprudence Exam

  • Beginning April 1, 2021, CAS will require passing the NCAC II exam

Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC)

Applications through March 31, 2021

Working towards LAC:

  • Clinical behavioral health Masters/Doctorate Degree (counseling, addiction counseling, psychology, social work, marriage & family, human services)

  • Meet training course and clinically supervised work experience requirements for CAC III before April 1, 2021

  • Pass the MAC exam

  • Pass the Jurisprudence Exam

  • If applicant has current CAC II/III, with a clinical behavioral health Masters/Doctorate degree, OBH and DORA will accept NCAC II or MAC exam, taken prior to July 14, 2020, for LAC if LAC application is submitted before March 31, 2021.

NOTES for TRANSITION PHASE:

  • First 1,000 hours:

    • Individuals working towards CAC I/CAT do not have to register with DORA prior to submission of application.

  • Addiction Counselor Candidate:

    • 1) By Endorsement: One year for candidate with an active addiction credential from another state to meet the requirements for level applying for (CAT, CAS or LAC)

    • 2) Master’s or Doctorate Student: Four years to meet requirements for LAC (or be registered in another Mental Health category)

  • CAS Approved Clinical Supervisor:

    • CAS with a clinical behavioral health Bachelor’s degree can provide clinical supervision to individuals with HS/GED or Associates degree

    • CAS with a human services related Associates degree can provide clinical supervision to individuals with HS/GED

    • CAS with HS/GED are not able to provide clinical supervision

  • All national exam scores for NCAC I, NCAC II, MAC are valid for five years (beginning July 14, 2015).

    • IF EDUCATION REQUIRES AN EDUCATIONAL EQUIVALENCY REVIEW THROUGH CCE, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO CCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. PLEASE BE ADVISED THIS PROCESS CAN TAKE 4-6 WEEKS.

  • Scope of Practice changes for CAT and CAS go into full implementation April 1, 2021.

A Message from CAAP's Board President -

On behalf of the CAAP Board and our Colorado treatment provider and recovery support community, please know that we are actively monitoring the impact of COVID-19 in order to assist and support all service providers including our members, peers, colleagues, clients, facilities and the communities we serve. We realize that this has been and will be an incredible challenge personally and professionally for quite some time to come - so first and foremost we encourage everyone to engage in self-care to safeguard  your capacity to engage in this noble profession and be available to those you care for professionally and personally.  We encourage you to use the many social media apps and self-care supports available during this time - including Calm and Waking Up.  Please take the time to connect with professional resources, like the ones we share below, and personal supports (friends, family, mentors, guides) during this unprecedented time of social and professional distancing.  

CAAP is committed to providing support and guidance to all service providers and peer recovery support specialists, working with substance use and mental health disorders.  We realize that you have been inundated with a flood of emails and resources over the last six weeks - and are offering you resources that help you during this next chapter of resuming work and social contacts while maintaining safe distancing.  As the situation evolves, members and supporters should regularly check this web page for the latest practice resources and support information.  

 

Compassion is essential during this challenging time and CAAP will continue to be of service and support to its members, allied practitioners and supporters, and  communities.  Please reach out to us as you discover specific needs for guidance and support and we will research resources for you through our networks.  NAADAC and the CAAP Board willingly and gratefully offers our hope, resilience and resources to you.  Stay healthy, safe and please reach out for support.

 

Sincerely,

Jonathan De Carlo, President

PROCTORED EXAM

You now have the option to take the NCAC I, NCAC II or MAC exam - using your home or office computer.

 

This is very exciting for those who do not live close to a live testing site and for those who have anxiety about using a different computer than you are used to.  There are many nuances and requirements related to online proctoring.  Please read the following document carefully to make sure that you are comfortable with all the requirements around online proctored exams.  You also need to make sure that you have the right equipment and that you are the administrator on the computer you will be using.  Please call or email us if you have questions.

CAAP Online Proctoring - Home or Office Based Exam Link

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