DAR File No. 38964

This rule was published in the December 15, 2014, issue (Vol. 2014, No. 24) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing

Rule R156-60d

Substance Use Disorder Counselor Act Rule

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 38964
Filed: 11/20/2014 02:26:37 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The Division and the Substance Use Disorder Counselor Board reviewed the rule and determined it was necessary to: 1) increase the proportion of continuing education that may be achieved through distance learning, clinical readings, or internet-based courses; and 2) make various nonsubstantive changes.

Summary of the rule or change:

In Subsection R156-60d-102(1), the phrase "means an educational institution" is added in order to make a complete sentence out of the definition. In Section R156-60d-302a, an error in the number of prerequisite courses is corrected. In Subsection R156-60d-304(5)(c), the maximum number of contact hours of continuing education recognized for distance learning, clinical readings, or internet-based courses is increased from 6 to 15. The term "distance learning" is added to clarify the intent of the requirement. The total number of continuing education hours remains constant at 40 hours.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 58-60-501
  • Subsection 58-1-106(1)(a)
  • Subsection 58-1-202(1)(a)

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

The Division will incur minimal costs of approximately $50 to print and distribute the rule once the proposed amendments are made effective. Any costs incurred will be absorbed in the Division's current budget.

local governments:

The proposed amendments apply only to licensed substance use disorder counselors. As a result, the proposed amendments do not apply to local governments.

small businesses:

The proposed amendments apply only to licensed substance use disorder counselors. Licensees may work in a small business; however, the proposed amendments would not directly affect the business. If a small business is owned by a licensed substance use disorder counselor, the business may experience some indirect cost savings due to increasing the maximum number of contact hours of continuing education recognized for distance learning, clinical readings, or internet-based courses from 6 to 15 hours. Due to a wide range of circumstances, the Division cannot quantify anticipated savings to this type of small business.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

The proposed amendments apply only to licensed substance use disorder counselors. Increasing the maximum number of contact hours of continuing education recognized for distance learning, clinical readings, or internet-based courses from 6 to 15 is likely to result in a cost savings to licensees who complete continuing education via distance methods. Licensees practicing in rural Utah are likely to benefit the most from this amendment because they travel longer distances to attend live courses. Due to a wide range of circumstances, the Division cannot quantify anticipated savings to licensees.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

The proposed amendments apply only to licensed substance use disorder counselors. Increasing the maximum number of contact hours of continuing education recognized for distance learning, clinical readings, or internet-based courses from 6 to 15 is likely to result in a cost savings to licensees who complete continuing education via distance methods. Licensees practicing in rural Utah are likely to benefit the most from this amendment because they travel longer distances to attend live courses. Due to a wide range of circumstances, the Division cannot quantify anticipated savings to licensees.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

In addition to making technical corrections, this filing modifies the continuing education requirement to allow credit for up to 15 hours of distance learning per renewal period. Allowing licensees to obtain continuing education online is likely to result in cost savings to individuals. No fiscal impact to businesses is anticipated.

Francine A. Giani, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Commerce
Occupational and Professional Licensing
HEBER M WELLS BLDG
160 E 300 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-2316

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Rich Oborn at the above address, by phone at 801-530-6767, by FAX at 801-530-6511, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

01/14/2015

Interested persons may attend a public hearing regarding this rule:

  • 01/07/2015 08:30 AM, Heber Wells Bldg, 160 E 300 S, Hearing Room 403 (fourth floor), Salt Lake City, UT

This rule may become effective on:

01/21/2015

Authorized by:

Mark Steinagel, Director

RULE TEXT

R156. Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing.

R156-60d. Substance Use Disorder Counselor Act Rule.

R156-60d-102. Definitions.

In addition to the definitions in Title 58, Chapters 1 and 60, as used in Title 58, Chapters 1 and 60 or this rule:

(1) "Accredited institution of higher education that meet division standards", as used in Subsections 58-60-506(2)(a)(i) and (5)(a)(i), means an educational institution that has accreditation that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation of the American Council on Education (CHEA).

(2) "ASAM" means the American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria.

(3) "DSM-IV or 5" means the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association.

(4) "General supervision" means that the supervisor provides consultation with the supervisee by personal face to face contact, or direct voice contact by telephone or some other means within a reasonable time consistent with the acts and practices in which the supervisee is engaged.

(5) "ICRC" means the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium.

(6) "Initial assessment" means the procedure of gathering psycho-social information, which may include the application of the Addiction Severity Index, in order to recommend a level of treatment and to assist the mental health therapist supervisor in the information collection process and may include a referral to an appropriate treatment program.

(7) "NAADAC" means the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.

(8) "Prerequisite courses, as used in Subsection 58-60-506(2)(a)(iii) and (5)(a)(iii) means courses completed before qualifying for licensure.

(9) "SASSI" means Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory.

(10) "Screening", as used in Subsection 58-60-502(9)(b) and (10)(b), means a brief interview conducted in person or by telephone to determine if there is a potential substance abuse problem. If a potential problem is identified, the screening may include a referral for an initial assessment or a substance use disorder evaluation. The screening may also include a preliminary ASAM level recommendation in order to expedite the subsequent assessment and evaluation process. Screening instruments such as the SASSI may be included in the screening process.

(11) "Substance use disorder evaluation" means the process used to interpret information gathered from an initial assessment, other instruments as needed, and a face to face interview by a licensed mental health therapist in order to determine if an individual meets the DSM-IV or 5 criteria for substance abuse or dependence and is in need of treatment. If the need for treatment is determined, the substance use disorder evaluation process includes the determination of a DSM-IV or 5 diagnosis and the determination of an individualized treatment plan.

(12) "Substance use disorder education program", as used in Subsection 58-60-506(2)(b) and (5)(b), means college or university coursework at an accredited institution.

(13) "Unprofessional conduct," as defined in Title 58 Chapters 1 and 60, is further defined, in accordance with Subsection 58-1-203(1)(e), in Section R156-60d-502.

 

R156-60d-302a. Qualifications for Licensure - Education Requirements.

(1) In accordance with Subsection 58-60-506(2)(a)(iii) and (5)(a)(iii), [three]two prerequisite courses shall be completed at an accredited institution and shall cover the following subjects:

(a) human development across the lifespan; and

(b) general psychology.

(2) In accordance with Subsection 58-60-506(5)(a)(ii), completion of the equivalent of an associate's degree includes not less than 90 quarter or 60 semester credit hours of course work from accredited institutions of higher education that have accreditation recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation of the American Council on Education (CHEA).

 

R156-60d-304. Continuing Education.

(1) In accordance with Section 58-60-105, there is created a continuing education requirement as a condition for renewal or reinstatement of a licensed advanced substance use disorder counselor, certified advanced substance use disorder counselor, licensed substance use disorder counselor, or a certified substance use disorder counselor issued under Title 58, Chapter 60, Part 5.

(2) Continuing education shall consist of 40 hours of education directly related to the licensee's professional practice. A licensed advanced substance use disorder counselor and licensed substance use disorder counselor shall complete the requirement during each two year license renewal cycle. A certified advanced substance use disorder counselor and a certified substance use disorder counselor shall complete the requirement during each two year period following the date of initial licensure. At least six of the 40 required hours must be in the area of professional ethics and responsibilities.

(3) The required number of hours of continuing education for a licensed advanced substance use disorder counselor or a licensed substance use disorder counselor who first becomes licensed during the two year renewal cycle shall be decreased in a pro rata amount equal to any part of that two year renewal cycle preceding the date on which that individual first became licensed.

(4) The standards for continuing education shall include:

(a) a clear statement of purpose and defined objective for the educational program directly related to the practice of a substance use disorder counselor;

(b) documented relevance to the licensee's professional practice;

(c) a competent, well-organized, and sequential presentation consistent with the stated purpose and objective of the program;

(d) preparation and presentation by individuals who are qualified by education, training, and experience; and

(e) a competent method of registration of individuals who actually completed the continuing education program and records of that registration completion available for review.

(5) Credit for continuing education shall be recognized in accordance with the following:

(a) unlimited hours shall be recognized for continuing education completed in blocks of time of not less than 50 minutes in formally established classroom courses, seminars, conferences, workshops, institutes, or in services;

(b) a maximum of ten hours per two year period may be recognized for teaching in a college or university, or teaching continuing education courses in the field of substance use disorder counseling; and

(c) a maximum of [six]15 hours per two year period may be recognized for distance learning, clinical readings or internet-based courses directly related to practice as a substance use disorder counselor.

(6) A licensee shall be responsible for maintaining competent records of completed continuing education for a period of four years after close of the two year period to which the records pertain. It is the responsibility of the licensee to maintain such information with respect to continuing education to demonstrate it meets the requirements under this section.

(7) A licensee who documents he is engaged in full time activities or is subjected to circumstances which prevent that licensee from meeting the continuing education requirements established under this section may be excused from the requirement for a period of up to five years. However, it is the responsibility of the licensee to document the reasons and justify why the requirement could not be met.

 

KEY: licensing, substance use disorder counselors

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [November 21, 2013]2015

Notice of Continuation: January 31, 2011

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 58-60-501; 58-1-106(1)(a); 58-1-202(1)(a)

 


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Rich Oborn at the above address, by phone at 801-530-6767, by FAX at 801-530-6511, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected].  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules.