JUST IN! Committee DELAYS Voting on Licensing Draft Legislation

The Administrative Procedures Oversight Committee voted this afternoon to DELAY further consideration of the proposal calling for merging NCSAPPB with the LPC Board. This means three things: Your calls and letters WORKED! The public outcry over this proposal, as shown by hundreds of calls, emails and letters to legislators, made the difference. The committee delay…

YOU HELP IS REQUESTED. ACT NOW! Draft Legislation Could Eliminate the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board

This TUESDAY, APRIL 5th, the General Assembly’s Joint Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee will be meeting to discuss a draft bill that may, among other things, merge the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board with the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.   This would essentially eliminate the Practice Board, and would have a devastating affect on our…

ACT NOW: Draft Legislation Could Eliminate the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board

Legislation drafted last week by the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee calls for sunset of the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board and transferring the licensing requirements for substance abuse professionals to the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. CLICK HERE to download a copy of the proposed draft.  Occupational-Licensure-Boards-Merger-and-Dissolution If passed this bill…

Policy Alert: Walter B. Jones Center Withdraws from Medicaid, Medicare Services

Effective May 1st, Walter B. Jones Center, an Alcohol & Drug Abuse Treatment Center (ADATC) based in Greenville, will no longer bill for Medicaid and Medicare services for its inpatient treatment beds. This voluntary withdrawal by Walter B. Jones Center seeks to end a long running dispute with the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services…

Legal Action Center ALERT: Recommendations to SAMHSA Listening Session on 42 C.F.R. Part 2’s Confidentiality Protections

From the Legal Action Center LAC’s Recommendations to SAMHSA Listening Session on 42 C.F.R. Part 2’s Confidentiality Protections The Issue The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has issued a call for comments on whether the federal regulations governing Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Patient Records (42 C.F.R. Part 2) should be updated,…

June, 2014- LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Senate Budget May Place Prevention Funds At Risk

The NC Senate’s budget proposal would direct the Program Evaluation Division (the General Assembly’s research arm) to study the pros and cons of diverting ABC Commission funds that presently go to DHHS for Substance Abuse Prevention efforts, and instead having those funds stay with the ABC Commission to fund a new youth alcohol use prevention…