ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELOR COMMITTEE
PUBLIC SESSION MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 19, 2008

I. CALL TO ORDER

This scheduled meeting was called to order at 9:34 a.m. in the Hudson Conference Room, 6th floor, 124 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey by Committee Chairman Edward Reading who gave notice of compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

II. ROLL CALL

Present:

Committee Chair, Edward Reading
Committee Vice-Chair, Sylvia Lippe
Committee Member, Norwood Allen
Committee Member, Jamie Lugo

Recused:

Committee Member, Lorenzo S. Puertas

Until the matter is resolved, Public Member, Lorenzo Puertas recused from attendance based on services he provides related to the profession that may be a possible violation of the statutory requirement for public board members.

Staff Present:

Susan Berger, Deputy Attorney General
Elaine L. DeMars, Committee Staff
Celeste Paige, Committee Staff

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

On a motion by Sylvia Lippe, seconded by Norwood Allen, the minutes of the August 22, 2008 public meeting were approved as presented.

IV. PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no members of the public in attendance.

V. LEGISLATIVE/REGULATORY

Regulation Sunset - N.J.A.C. 13:34C

Regulatory Analyst Maryann Sheehan facilitated the Committee’s continued review of the regulations (N.J.A.C. 13:34C-1 et seq.) incorporating proposed revisions to clarify the current language. On a motion made by Sylvia Lippe, seconded by Jamie Lugo, the Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the proposed language be approved for publication in the New Jersey Register. The recommendation will be presented to the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners for final approval.

VI. APCBNJ MATTERS

The Committee reviewed a copy of the APCBNJ on-line newsletter article regarding Rutgers University’s degree/matriculated program approval notice. "Rutgers University is now fully approved by the Addictions Professionals Certification Board, Inc. as a provider of substance abuse related course work. All Rutgers Univesity school and campuses that offer matriculated (part of a degree) coursework are now covered."

VII. FILED CONSENT ORDERS

Paul Steffans, LCADC (restricted)

Order granting Mr. Steffans an unrestricted license to practice clinical alcohol and drug counseling was filed on September 11, 2008.

VIII. CORRESPONDENCE

Wayne Duncan

The Committee reviewed of Mr. Duncan’s documentation of the completion of the 36 hour clinical supervision course, "Clinical Supervision: Skills for the Future" and based on the credentials of the facilitator, determined the course to acceptable. Mr. Duncan’s request for an unrestricted license is upheld as it appears that he failed to comply with ordering paragraph #4 of the Consent Order. The Committee will ask Mr. Duncan to provide an explanation for his non-compliance.

IX. REVIEW OF CREDENTIALS

A. Application Review

On a motion by Sylvia Lippe, seconded by Norwood Allen the following applications were approved as listed:

Approved for Written and Oral Exam

DeJesus, Jorge
Garrett, Melissa
Lunn, Michael
Marte, Erica
Williams, Robert

Approved for Oral Examination

LCADC- Regular

LCADC- Upgrade

CADC - Regular

Amchislavsky, Natalia
Doyle, Catherine
Jansky, Dulce
Jurasin, Laura
Kerley, Charles
Patterson, Michael
Pinks, Steven
McCondichie, Joan
Nagbe, Emmanuette
Saggese, Lisa
Spencer, Carl E.
Sturges, Joseph
Vera, Rosa

X. NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for Friday, October 24, 2008.

October 24, 2008
November 21, 2008
December 19, 2008

XI. EXECUTIVE SESSION

At 9:51 a.m., on a motion by Edward Reading, seconded by Sylvia Lippe, the Committee moved to Executive Session to discuss pending disciplinary and confidential matters.

XII. ADJOURNMENT

On a motion by Norwood Allen, seconded by Sylvia Lippe, the meeting adjourned at 4:03 p.m.