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 would have SIGNIFICANT implications for each of our members. We urge you to contact your legislators, especially those legislators who are members of the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee, and express your opposition to this language.
- CLICK HERE to find your House Member and their contact information here.
- CLICK HERE to find your Senate Member and their contact information here.
- CLICK HERE to see list of Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee members here.
What Should I say?
- Instead of helping the public, this harms the public by creating confusion and setting up a new, poorly considered system for evaluating ethical complaints. Handling professional ethics complaints, a key role of licensing boards of all kinds, requires board members intimately knowledgeable about the profession’s practices. A professional specializing in substance abuse may evaluate his/her peers differently from a professional counselor or marriage and family counselor. The livelihood of the professional must be in the hands of a peer who understands their life experiences, specialized knowledge, and unique area of practice.
- The public needs to be assured providers have specific skills and expertise in the area they need. Placing Family and Marriage Counselors and Substance Abuse professionals with the purview of the Board of Professional Councilors would confuse consumers and professionals alike based on national credentialing practices, which have established by experts in the substance abuse prevention and treatment field, and we can’t just eliminate those credentialing practices in one swoop.
- The NCSAPPB is a member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, which has member licensure boards in most US States and territories and all five branches of the US Military. Professionals licensed by an IC&RC member board must only pay a $100 transfer fee to have their licenses transferred, no questions asked. If the NCSAPPB is dismantled, these professionals, including military personnel and their spouses, will lose their ability to transfer their substance abuse credentials.
- Community Colleges and Universities have spent many years and many millions of dollars creating degree curricula, based on specialized professional standards and training needs of each area. These programs are at risk of being outdated or obsolete if the associated licenses are consolidated.
- Each of the professions licensed by these boards is different in training and scope of practice. These Boards do not and have not asked the legislature to address this non-existent issue. They have operated for many years in a cooperative fashion with equal respect to the unique training and scope of each profession.
- Many groups, including the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, oppose this measure.